A large storm system is expected to bring rain and snow to the tri-county area today and Tuesday, with a total of four to seven inches of rain possible in the Cascades, according to the National Weather Service. It may also bring strong winds, which could be dangerous for drivers headed east or west.
“This next front that’s coming through (Sunday) and (today) has a lot of moisture associated with it," said Ann Adams, an assistant forecaster with the weather service in Pendleton. The service issued a high wind warning that continues through tonight, and Adams said the wind could have dramatic effects.
On highways through the mountain passes in the Cascades, “it’s going to be pretty bad because it’s going to be a complete crosswind," Adams said.
Winds could be strong enough to send patio furniture or holiday decorations flying, Adams said. Winds of 30 to 45 mph are possible, with gusts of 50 to 65 mph, according to the weather service website.
In Bend, high temperatures are expected to be in the high 40s to low 50s through much of the week, with overnight lows mostly in the 30s. The forecast is for rain today and later in the week. Snow is possible on Tuesday night and on Wednesday, although the snow level is expected to be at least 4,400 feet.
— Bulletin staff report