(Story is updated with latest National Weather Service alert issued Thursday morning.)
Get ready for Central Oregon snowstorm: The sequel. Another foot of snow could fall between Thursday and Sunday across most of the High Desert. And that’s just the lower elevations.
A new Winter Storm Warning was issued Thursday morning across Central Oregon.
For areas including Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville, a foot of snow is expected between 1 a.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Sunday. Winds could gust to 45 mph. NWS said travel would be difficult to impossible and that winds could bring down tree branches.
For the east slopes of the Cascades, including La Pine and Sunriver, snow totals could be 16 to 40 inches from now through 4 a.m. Sunday. Add to that the wind chill, which could drop to 25 belo zero. NWS said that could lead to frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.
This comes on the heels of Tuesday and Wednesday’s storms that brought as much as 18 inches of snow to La Pine, more than two feet to Mt. Bachelor and caused local school districts to close or be delayed Wednesday.