Say goodbye to those sunny skies — all week.
After a blizzard dumped anywhere from 2 to 7 inches of new snow Sunday in Central Oregon, the National Weather Service in Pendleton predicts a chance of snow every day this week — and even more inches on the mountain passes.
Bend got at least 5 inches Sunday; 4 inches fell in Prineville, 3 inches south of Warm Springs and 2 in Sisters, said forecaster Jim Smith of the National Weather Service office in Pendleton. Tonight, an extra inch could fall in Bend and up to 3 inches in the La Pine area. The mountain passes were expected to get a total of 2 feet of new snow as of this morning — and up to an extra foot just today.
“It’s pretty nasty,” Smith said.
The weather service predicts a 40 percent chance of snow today. Temperatures should range from a low of 19 degrees to a high near 29.
Tuesday will bring an even greater chance of snow — 70 percent, the weather service said. The temperature should rise to 31 degrees during the day, but drop down to 21 degrees at night.
Wednesday’s weather looks similar.
The chance of snow will be about 30 percent, though, according to the weather service. The temperatures will range from 21 to 30 degrees.
On Thursday, the weather should warm up slightly, with a high of 32 degrees and a low of 24.
The chance of snow will continue in Central Oregon on Friday and through the weekend, Smith said.
Daytime highs should hover right around the freezing mark with lows in the lower 20s.
“We could see a significant amount of snow,” he added. “We’ve got at least a chance of snow each day.”
Sunday’s weather proved to be a mixed blessing.
Law enforcement officials responded to several accidents in the region, including a two-vehicle crash at Deschutes Junction that closed part of U.S. Highway 97 in both directions for more than an hour.
Meanwhile, snowboarders and skiers flocked in the afternoon to Mt. Bachelor, which had 112 inches of snow at the base, according to the ski resort’s Web site. The mountain got 3 inches of new snow from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Oregon Department of Transportation encouraged motorists to drive with caution in mountain passes this week. Chains were required Sunday night for those driving over Santiam Pass, on U.S. Highway 26 at Government Camp and on Blue Box Pass.