Central Oregon DailyWinter arrives in earnest; snow, winds affect visibility in places

Winter arrives in earnest; snow, winds affect visibility in places

Winter arrives in earnest; snow, winds affect visibility in places

Snow on Century Drive Jan. 9, 2023. (Deschutes National Forest)

It took awhile, but winter arrived in earnest in Central Oregon Tuesday.

The Oregon Cascades, east slopes and La Pine and Sunriver are under a Blizzard Warning through Wednesday afternoon. Many lower elevations in Central Oregon are under a Winter Weather Advisory, with snow covering roads and gusty winds blowing snow around. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until Wednesday afternoon for areas east of Bend and Redmond.

Here are the latest updates from around the region.

11:25 a.m: Mt. Bachelor shares blizzard video

Mt. Bachelor shared video Tuesday morning of the blizzard hitting the mid-mountain area, with gusts reaching up to 100 mph.

“The storm hit hard this morning with 100 mph gusts on Northwest Express, chairs blanketed in thick rime ice, and non-stop heavy snowfall which is expected to continue through tomorrow,” Bachelor said on Facebook. “We do not expect to open any additional lifts today. Stay tuned for more updates on conditions and operations.”

 

RELATED: Road crews prep for blizzard in mountains, wild mix of weather in town

RELATED: 7-Day Forecast

10:05 a.m.: COCC closes campuses

Due to weather and road conditions, all COCC campuses to close at noon Tuesday. All classes and events are canceled, including remote/online classes. The closure includes both on-campus and remote personnel. Update for Wednesday, Jan. 10 to follow.

9:48 a.m: Heavy snow, winds on Century Drive

The Deschutes National Forest says “for those considering visiting the Cascade Lakes Highway today, please note that we are seeing very poor visibility, high winds and most sno-parks are unplowed at this time. Conditions are expected to worsen throughout the day.

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