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More Snow On The Way For Northern Cascades Region

OPB | Dec. 17, 2012 12:15 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 17, 2012 3:27 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

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Many Oregonians use studded tires when driving through the winter. The season ends April 1, after which studded tires must be removed.

Many Oregonians use studded tires when driving through the winter. The season ends April 1, after which studded tires must be removed.

Oregon Department of Transportation

The National Weather Service is lifting a blizzard warning that had been in effect for the Northern Cascades since Sunday.  Meteorologist Joe Solomon says most of the snow that fell was confined to Oregon’s western slopes, although Eastern Oregon saw snow as well. 

And while Portland didn’t get any snow, strong winds caused temporary power outages for thousands of homes between Forest Grove and Tillamook. 

Meteorologist Solomon says with that system now waning, another storm is expected to hit the Cascades by mid-week. 

“That one again looks like it will do two things,” says Solomon. “It will have some very strong south winds again.  But we are expecting that we’ll see some increasing chance for snow in that late Wednesday, at least into Thursday time period as well,” he said.

Solomon expects much of the snow to fall again in the higher elevations.  And that’s welcome news to Oregon ski resorts as they approach what are typically the two busiest weeks of the year — the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s.

Mt. Bachelor Resort spokesman Andy Goggins says their forecasts show another 4 feet of snow could fall by the end of the week.

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