Foot or two of snow expected for Santiam Pass, Cascades

January 23, 2018 GMT

If you’re planning on driving over the Santiam Pass or crossing the Cascade Mountains elsewhere, you might want to postpone that trip.

The National Weather Service expects a foot or two of snow in the next few days in the Cascades, and has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 10 a.m. Tuesday through 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Snow showers are predicted for the Santiam Pass through Friday, and snow remains in the agency’s forecast on Saturday, as well.

The Winter Weather Advisory indicates that snow is expected above 5,500 feet, and travel will be very difficult at times, especially during the evening on Tuesday.

A cold front will cross the region on Wednesday afternoon, lowering the snow levels close to 3,000 feet.

Motorists should be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibility.

The National Weather Service urged caution while driving.

On Sunday afternoon, a crash that killed two people occurred near the snow-covered Santiam Pass.

According to the Oregon State Police, a Portland man was headed eastbound when he attempted to pass another car. His SUV lost traction and slid sideways, striking the front of a pickup pulling a trailer.

The Portland man and a passenger in his SUV were both killed. Four people in the pickup were hospitalized.