Seven to 13 inches of snow is expected for most of Central Oregon by late Saturday night, with some higher elevations getting as much as 20 inches thanks to a new round of stormy winter weather. Add to that, temperatures in places will hit single digits and wind chills will be below zero in places.
We got a taste of what this might look like Friday morning when Mt. Bachelor announced it was suspending operations for the rest of the day due to extreme winds expected.
Here is the latest forecast from Central Oregon Daily News Chief Meteorologist Dorrell Wenninger and the National Weather Service:
Expect accumulating snow through Saturday and a blast of Arctic air will move remain over the Pacific Northwest through this weekend.
-7-to-13 inches is expected for most of Central Oregon.
-10-to-20 inches for our higher elevations, including the Ochocos, Maury mountains, La Pine, Three Rivers, Sunriver, Sisters, Camp Sherman, Black Butte & the Newberry Caldera.
-The Cascades and East slopes will get 1-3 feet with strong winds expected to continue. This includes our passes with hazardous travel conditions becoming likely and even impossible at times.
There is a Wind Chill Advisory until 4 a.m. Sunday. Lows will be in the single digits with a few teens and sub-zeros.
Sunday will bring some improvement. In-and-out clouds are expected with a few lingering flurries and it will be cold. Highs in the 20s with some teens and a light breeze.
Deschutes County Health is warning the public about the dangers of hypothermia and frostbite in the unusually low temperatures. The NWS said frostbite on exposed skin can happen in as little as 30 minutes.
“It results in a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body. Severe cases can lead to amputation. If you have reduced blood circulation, or do not dress well for extremely cold temperatures, you are at higher risk of frostbite than others are,” Deschutes County Health said.
There are multiple warming shelters around Central Oregon. You can find a list here.
The Humane Society of Central Oregon has tips on how to keep your pets safe and remind you that even they can catch frostbite.
For those braving the mountain passes and hoping for a trip to the west side of the state, the Oregon Department of Transportation warns that the storm will affect travel there as well, including the possibility of landslides, rock fall, downed trees and high water on the road.