The new year is likely to bring below-freezing temperatures to Central Oregon, with the National Weather Service in Pendleton forecasting an overnight low of 11 degrees tonight in Bend and similar weather in Madras and Prineville. Other forecasts predict an even colder night tonight, with a low of 4 degrees.
There is a slight chance of snow throughout the region tonight.
Rob Brooks, a hydrometeor-ological technician in Pendleton, said part of the reason for the frigid weather this week is there will be “no clouds to hold the heat in" for much of the week. “Your highs only get to 34," Brooks said.
In Bend this week, overnight lows are expected to remain close to or below 10 degrees until Thursday night, when the low is expected to go up to 17 degrees.
In Madras, the forecast is for similarly cold weather, with patches of freezing fog through much of the week, according to the National Weather Service website.
Prineville is expected to feel even colder, with the wind chill making it feel as cold as -8 degrees today.