Clouds are increasing now and will lead to rain Wednesday. Look for the rain to begin between 6 and 8 am and continue and off through the day.

The rain may begin as as freezing rain in the central and eastern Gorge, from Hood River to the east, until temperatures climb above freezing by mid to late morning.

A second, strong cold front moves in Thursday. This will bring heavier rain and more Cascade snow. The snow level lowers to the passes Thursday night, so roads will become snowy and stay snowy into Saturday.

The heaviest snowfall should come Friday, and by the time it winds down Saturday morning, there should be 18 inches or so of new snow at Mt Hood ski areas.

Saturday brings a break from the wet weather with a partly sunny day.

More showers arrive Saturday night and Sunday.

Valley highs will be in the low 50s the next several days. The cloud cover means warmer nights, with lows in the upper 30s and low 40s.

Have a great evening.

Matt Zaffino

KGW Chief Meteorologist

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