The Mt. Hood area could see 3-6 inches of rain Friday and up to 2 feet of snow Saturday and Sunday.

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. — A strong atmospheric river has hit the Pacific Northwest on Friday, with much of Oregon seeing high winds and heavy rain.

A handful of power outages are being reported across the area Friday morning, with the largest impacting about 900 customers due to a fallen power line on a tree near Mt. Hood Village.

Check power outages: PGE | Pacific Power

The Mt. Hood area and the Cascade Mountains are expected to see three to six inches of total rainfall and wind gusts as strong as 55 mph at pass level Friday, before snow levels drop below the passes overnight and the rain turns into heavy snow Saturday and Sunday, according to KGW meteorologist Rod Hill.

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High-wind warnings are in place for the Cascades and the coast range. The National Weather Service said in a tweet that tree damage and isolated power outages are possible Friday and advised people to avoid recreating in the Cascades.

Watch the latest forecast from KGW

The snow level will drop Friday overnight and into Saturday morning. Hill said daytime snow showers will turn into hours of heavy snow Saturday night through Sunday. More than two feet of snow is expected to fall above the passes and a foot of snow is possible at Government Camp. On Sunday, the snow level will drop to near 2,000 feet.

Check back often as KGW will update this story throughout the day Friday with up-to-date information on what’s happening with the weather in the Mt. Hood area and the Cascades.

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