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Winter storm warning affects holiday travel in Pacific Northwest

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If you're headed over the river and through the woods for the holidays, expect winter driving conditions.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the Coast Range and Cascades in Oregon and Southwestern Washington through 4 a.m. Thursday.

The National Weather Service says snow has been coming down heavily in the mountains, and more is on the way.

As of about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, the NWS said Mount Hood had received 13 inches of snow in 13 hours at the 5,000-foot elevation level.

Forecasters expect about a foot of additional snow by the end of the day Wednesday.

The snow level could drop to as low as 1,000 feet throughout the region. Elevations as low as 500 feet could even see a snowflake or two mixed in with the rain, but sticking snow is unlikely.

If your holiday travel takes you over the mountains, be prepared with traction tires and/or chains, as there will be snow and ice on the roads at pass levels.

Interstate 84 should be clear through the Columbia River Gorge, with some snowy conditions on the Eastern Oregon mountain passes.

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