Wind, rain and snow: Winter storm in this week's forecast

Wind, rain and snow: Winter storm in this week's forecast

EUGENE, Ore. - Enjoy the sun while it lasts.

"Be prepared for a return to winter weather," the National Weather Service in Portland said.

Forecasters expect another winter storm to barge into the Northwest late Tuesday night, bringing high winds to the coast, heavy rain in the valley and a good dump of snow for the Cascades at and above pass level.

The strong cold front will bring 60 mph wind gusts to the coast and 30 to 40 mph winds to the Willamette Valley, forecasters said. The wind is expected to be at its worst Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.

Also on Wednesday, snow levels will drop to around 2,000 feet in the Cascades. That's well below Santiam and Willamette passes. Forecasters said 6 to 13 inches of snow could fall Wednesday afternoon through Thursday. Timberline on Mount Hood could see almost 2 feet of new snow from the storm.

At lower elevations, the coast can expect 1 to 2 inches of rain from the storm. The Willamette Valley will likely see half as much rain as the coast.

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