Snow expected to fall today on mountain passes

Travel over the Siskiyous and Cascades could get extremely interesting today, as forecasters were expecting fresh snow at pass levels and strong winds.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the mountains, with snow accumulation ranging from 1 to 2 feet at higher elevations in the Cascades and as much as 12 inches in the Siskiyous.

That could be good news for skiers and snowboarders at Mount Ashland, where early season snow has been scarce, leaving exposed hazards on some trails.

As much as 6 inches of new snow was expected around Mount Shasta, and amounts ranging from 4 to 12 inches across Central Oregon.

Forecasters were expecting snow levels to rise to near 5,000 feet during the day. Siskiyou Summit on Interstate 5 lies at an elevation of about 4,300 feet.

Wet weather was likely to continue through the weekend after New Year's Day.

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