Snow is forecast to impact Oregon mountain passes this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm warning for heavy snow and high winds has been issued for Oregon mountain passes from early Sunday morning into Monday.

The weather could impact travelers heading between the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. But it will also give Oregon ski areas a boost as they prepare for potential openings next week.

A total of 12 to 19 inches of snow could fall mainly on mountain roads including Santiam Pass (Highway 20), Willamette Pass (Highway 58) and in the Government Camp area (Highway 26), according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

Snow levels will maintain around 3,000 to 3,500 feet most of Sunday, before falling as low as 1,000 to 2,000 feet Sunday night and Monday.

High winds and blowing snow is also forecast, mainly Sunday and into Monday, with winds reaching 45 mph.

“Heaviest snow Sunday afternoon through Monday morning,” NWS wrote in the warning. “Travel could be very difficult.

“Make sure your emergency travel kit contains warm clothes, blankets, a flashlight, food & water,” the agency added on Twitter.

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