Travelers on Monday were running into a day of heavy snowfall at mountain passes on Mount Hood.

Cascade passes were buried under snow and difficult driving was likely through this afternoon, with snow levels holding near 2,000 feet.

A Winter Weather Advisory from the National Weather Service was in effect through 7:00 pm.

As of 11:00 a.m. anywhere between four to seven inches of snow had fallen. Snow totals through Monday afternoon of six-to-12 inches were now likely.

Winds at the pass level were gusting to 25 mph. Early morning gusts at 7,000 feet reached 80 mph.

Travel conditions will improve Monday night as the snow tapers off into flurries. Dry weather is likely Tuesday.

The next news on the mountain will be high snow levels developing Thursday and lasting into the weekend. Friday and Saturday could see snow levels reach 8,000 feet as March begins with mild temperatures.

KGW Meteorologist, Rod Hill


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