PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Winter Storm Warning went into effect in the Cascades Sunday afternoon as many people began heading home after the holiday weekend.
Oregon State Police said the stormy weather and typical post-Thanksgiving traffic jams made for dangerous conditions on many local roads and highways.
“The more cars you put on the road, the more people… you add the weather and you are going to see some increased crashes,” OSP Sgt. Scott Mcleod told KOIN 6 News.
A number of accidents were reported throughout the weekend, including a 2-car crash near Monmouth that left a 24-year-old woman dead.
The Winter Storm Warning in the Cascades lasts until 6 p.m. Monday.
Mountain passes are expected to pick up close to a foot of snow by Monday. Higher elevations could grab a few feet, with snow levels at 3000′-4000′.
Anyone driving through passes or high elevations should have tire chains ready.