Another round of winter storms is sweeping through Oregon, and between 9 and 14 inches of snow is expected in Bend and surrounding cities.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Friday for much of Central Oregon. Rob Brooks, a forecaster with the National Weather Service’s Pendleton office, said Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville are expected to get heavy snow between Saturday evening and Wednesday morning. The eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains are expected to receive 12 to 18 inches over the same period, Brooks said.

He said the snow is expected to start Saturday evening, and continue through Sunday. The precipitation may turn into rain Monday, but the region is expected to get more snow Monday night and Tuesday during the day. Highs are expected to stay in the mid- to high-30s in Bend during the winter storm, with lows remaining in the high 20s.

Elsewhere in Oregon, Brooks said Maupin and other parts of Wasco County are expected to receive between 6 and 12 inches during the same five-day period. The east Columbia River Gorge is expected to get 5 to 10 inches, and low-elevation portions of the Willamette Valley may receive snow early next week, according to the weather service.

The snowfall is expected to make travel across the state difficult, particularly over mountain passes. Oregon Department of Transportation snow crews are on a 24-7 work status across the state, according to a news release from the state agency. ODOT is asking drivers to monitor travel routes before getting on the road, stay on main highways and avoid unfamiliar highways that may not be passable.

In the event of a winter storm, The Bulletin will take down its paywall to allow Central Oregon readers access to up-to-date information.

— Reporter: 541-617-7818, shamway@bendbulletin.com

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