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

A winter storm watch for heavy snow and high winds has been issued for Oregon mountain passes from late Saturday evening through Sunday and into Monday.

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

A total of 12 to 24 inches of snow could fall mainly on mountain roads including Santiam Pass (Highway 20), Government Camp (Highway 26) and Willamette Pass (Highway 58), according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

While showers will start to arrive Friday night, snow levels should stay mostly above pass levels through Friday and Saturday — with much of Saturday dry.

Oregon weather forecast:Mountain snow could impact Oregon Thanksgiving travelers on return journey over passes

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