PORTLAND, Ore. —

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the Oregon Cascades, and KGW meteorologist Rod Hill said Highway 26 and Government Camp could see up to half a foot of snow through Thursday night.

"Cascade snow level has lowered to 4,000 feet," Hill said shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday. "[Highway] 26 will see increasing snow at Government Camp this afternoon and possibly 6 inches of snow through this evening."

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until noon Friday for elevations above 4,500 feet in the Cascades. At 5,000 feet, there could be two feet and maybe more of snow, Hill said.

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Hill said the snow levels will drop to around 3,000 feet on Friday.

While the snow and gusty conditions could be hazardous for drivers, it will be great for skiers as resorts are expected to get at least another foot of accumulation.

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