Forecast: 'Widespread natural avalanches'

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EUGENE, Ore. - How's the weather out there?

On the bright side, daylight-saving time starts March 10.

And an avalanche warning issued for the Mount Hood area featured this caveat:

"Remember there are avalanche safe areas in the mountains during all levels of avalanche danger," a forecaster at the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center wrote Tuesday.

"The new dense, wet snow or possible rain will load and stress the 1-3 feet of recent snowfall, creating widespread natural avalanches.

"Backcountry travel in avalance terrain is not recommended Tuesday night through Wednesday."

You are on your own in the Cascades from south of Mount Hood to north of Mount Shasta. The terrain doesn't warrant routine avalanche testing, a KVAL News investigation found.

The National Weather Service has stuck by this motto: This is not the time to travel.

The warning featured a photo of a tanker truck trapped in an avalanche on an Oregon mountain highway.

The heaviest snow and strongest winds are expected from Santiam Pass north, forecasters said.

But travelers should heed the warning regardless of where they plan to cross the mountains.

"Travel in the Lane County Cascades will be difficult at times through Tuesday," forecasters said Monday. "Motorists traversing Willamette Pass tonight and early Tuesday should be prepared for heavy snow and blowing snow."


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