GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- A new storm that moved into Oregon overnight Tuesday raised snow levels above 4,000 feet but the heavy dumping in the Cascades will continue.
"We've seen reports of anywhere from two to five feet over the past couple of days," said KGW meteorologist Nick Allard. "Look for at least five to 10 inches through today, possibly six to12 inches. The snow level today will be 3,500 feet to start, rising to about 4,500 feet by the end of the day."
Drivers in the area were advised to be cautious and chains or traction tires were required.
"Your heart races, you are like, 'Oh my God, I cant see anything,'" Timberline Lodge employee Jaymee Phillips said. "That's how it is for me anyway. I get driving anxiety sometimes."
Crews with the Oregon Department of Transportation were constantly grading, plowing and then blowing snow to the side of the road.
Tow truck driver Marc Daffron said he was hauling cars and trucks out of ditches all day long.
"There were a lot of spin-outs," Daffron said. "Also some people don't put chains on properly."
The snow level was expected to climb to around 5,000 feet by late Wednesday, with clearing later in the week.
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"Rain in the valleys will continue through Wednesday. After that, the Northwest dries out, with partly sunny weather after morning fog being the rule through the weekend," Zaffino added. "Highs will be in the 40s and lows will be in the upper 30s."