Central Oregon DailyWinter arrives in earnest: Winter Storm Warning for much of Central Oregon

Winter arrives in earnest: Winter Storm Warning for much of Central Oregon

Winter arrives in earnest: Winter Storm Warning for much of Central Oregon

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 were placed under a Winter Storm Warning from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning.

Here are the latest updates from around the region.

12:04 p.m.: Winter Storm Warning for most of Central Oregon

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.聽

Additional snow accumulations tonight of 2 to 5 inches. Total storm accumulations of 4 to 8 inches. Heaviest accumulations in Bend and southwest of Bend. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will create blowing and drifting of snow.聽

Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.

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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.

鈥淭he 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,鈥 Bachelor said on Facebook. 鈥淲e do not expect to open any additional lifts today. Stay tuned for more updates on conditions and operations.鈥

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