▶️ Winter Storm Warning: Feet of Mountain Snow

Get ready for another big changeup to our weather pattern. An approaching cold front is right along the Oregon coast, Friday Evening. Rain & snow will move into Central Oregon Friday night. This is the beginning of an active weather pattern that will continue through this weekend. Tonight’s cold front will bring snow with some rain showers, stronger winds and cold temperatures. 
Back-to-back waves of moisture will continue through Saturday & Sunday. This means that periods of clearing are expected, even during the day. A wintry mix of rain/snow showers are expected for Saturday with continued accumulating snow in the Cascades and on the East slopes. Sunday will bring off/on snow showers and winds will be gusty through the weekend. 
There is a Winter Storm Warning for the east slopes of the Cascades from 5pm Friday to 11pm Sunday. 10″-25″ of mountain snow is expected with gusts up to 45mph.
A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect for the east half of our tri-county area from 11pm Friday to 5pm Sunday. Expect 4″-7″ of new snow above 4,000′ with gusts up to 40mph.
This prolonged event will bring the main cold front Friday night, followed by back-to-back waves of moisture. This means that off/on snow showers are expected with periods of clearing. Through most of the weekend, snow will continue over the Cascades.
-Because of that 2-3 feet will be possible along the crest.
-For the east slopes of the Cascades, 4″-12″ are expected in warned areas, including Sisters, La Pine, Three Rivers, Sunriver and Deschutes River Woods. 
-Lower elevations can expect a Trace-4″. 
-Areas above 4,000′ can expect 4″-7″.
-The zone separating light totals and moderate to high totals runs right through Bend and Tumalo. By the end of Sunday 3″-8″ are expected with some outliers.
With a few snow/rain/snow transitions, event totals will not stick around through the entire weekend for parts of Central Oregon.
The rest of our 7day planner will bring a drop in temperatures with this next cold front. It will stay chilly through the beginning of next week with low precipitation chances into the beginning of April. The middle of  next week will bring another shift to the weather pattern with more sunshine and a warming trend that brings our temperatures well into the 50s, during the latter half of next week. 
Tune in tonight for the latest headlines in news and your most reliable forecast on Central Oregon Daily News. That’s tonight at 5 & 11 on ABC and at 6, 7 & 11 on CBS. 
Be sure to check TripCheck if you plan on traveling over the passes.
Be sure to send us your pictures or let us know how much snow you received at your house! email > weather@centraloregondaily.com

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