Local Alert Weather Forecast, Thu., Feb. 26, 2015
A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for Central Oregon—including Bend, Redmond, Madras, Warm Springs, Sisters, Sunriver & La Pine—at 4 PM Friday and continue until 4 AM Saturday. The storm moving through the state will bring the first major snowfall the Cascades have seen in quite some time. Lower elevations will have mainly rain, but as the storm exits the northwest some snowfall is possible.
Tonight will be a mostly cloudy night. Showers will begin to develop in the early morning hours. Snow will be present almost all night at the higher elevation. Snow level tonight will drop to about 4,000 feet before lifting to 5,000 feet come Friday. Winds will be from the northwest between 5 and 10 mph Overnight lows will drop to right around freezing.
Friday will be cloudy with a few hours of rain on the way. The day will be drier than wetter, but showers will be a prominent feature to the day. Highs will only manage to reach the upper 30s and lower 40s, so don’t be surprised if a snowflake or two is mixed in with some of the showers in the region. The cascades will pick up snowfall nearly all day long. Snow accumulations for the mountains will be between 4 and 6 inches.
The start of Saturday will see some snow for lower elevations. Snow levels Friday night into Saturday morning will range between 3,500 feet and 4,000 feet. By the afternoon, our storm system will be in Idaho leaving our skies to clear. Snow accumulations—while still a few days away to be confident—appear to sit between 1 to 2 inches for places like Bend, Redmond and Madras. The southern and western locations across Central Oregon at higher elevations will obviously see more snow. Highs will reach the mid 30s Saturday afternoon.
Sunday will be partly cloudy to mostly sunny. The day will be significantly drier as well. Sunshine will help boost temperatures back into the mid 40s. Winds will be light and overall the day will be comfortable.