There’s no guarantee of sleigh bells, but Central Oregonians should experience the snow and glistening treetops of Irving Berlin’s dreams.
After a chilly fall that saw some rain and a fair amount of freezing fog, Bend and other parts of Central Oregon have a chance of snow accumulation this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Between 1 and 3 inches of snow are expected before 10 a.m. Saturday, with another 1 to 2 inches of snow between Saturday night and Sunday, said Mary Wister, a meteorologist with the weather service.
“I think you will see a white Christmas for most of the area,” she said. “There will be winter weather through the weekend and leading into Christmas Day.”
Bend will have a high of 31 and low of 21 Saturday. The weather will warm up slightly Sunday, with a high of 35 before dropping to a low of 17 overnight, and the high on Christmas day will climb to 36.
The heaviest snowfall will occur along the Washington-Oregon border, with Grass Valley and Shaniko the hardest hit, Wister said. But cities across Central Oregon will get snow.
Central Oregonians planning to cross the Cascades for Christmas will experience “messy” roads, she said. More snow is expected in the mountains than at lower elevations, and Government Camp on the Mt. Hood pass was experiencing snow showers throughout the day Friday.
People traveling for the holidays should check their planned routes on tripcheck.com and be prepared with tire chains and winter vehicle kits. Drivers, especially inexperienced ones, may have issues on mountain passes this weekend, Wister said.
While Bend is likely to receive snow this weekend, it’s a far cry from where the city was a year ago. On Dec. 23, 2016, Bend was eight days removed from a record-breaking snowstorm that dumped 17 inches in parts of town.
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