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Snow is expected at higher elevations during the weekend, with four to six inches predicted to fall on mountain pbades. (Photo: MOLLY J. SMITH / Statesman Journal) Buy Photo

A winter weather warning is in effect as Long of the Cascade Range through at least Saturday night forecasters expect it to drop to a foot of snow at the highest elevations over the weekend.

The storm, which marks the beginning of December, It will bring potentially dangerous driving conditions and low visibility in the mountains and constant rain in the valley.

David Bishop, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Portland, added that the elevations of the mountain pbades will see four to six inches of snow and slippery roads in some places, typical storm conditions at this time of year.

"We recommend that people be prepared no matter what, because things can be deceptive," Bishop said.

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The storm will also throw snow at ski resorts as along the Cascades.

Mount Hood Meadows began operating seven days a week starting Saturday and waits three to four inches of gunpowder this weekend.

From 9 a.m. On Saturday, the resort had 23 inches of snow at the base. Due to limited snow and warmer temperatures, other lower-altitude resorts in the state, such as Hoodoo, have not yet opened.

The snow mound along the Cascadas exceeds 10 inches in most places, Bishop said. which means that this storm could double the amount of snow on the ground at higher elevations. There were no reports of significant snow on the ground around the steps before this storm.

In Salem, forecasts predict a very high probability of rain until Saturday night, decreasing until Sunday morning. Temperatures should range between 40 and 50 degrees with light winds.

Fog expected on Monday.

Contact the journalist at cradnovich@statesmanjournal.com or 503-399-6864 or follow him on Twitter at @CDRadnovich.

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