BEND, OR -- Winter weather has arrived on the High Desert. Lows last night were in the low teens, and even single digits in some area, and snow is expected tonight. Meteorologist Ann Adams with the National Weather Service tells KBND Central Oregon could see 3-6 inches with more accumulation east of us in the Ochocos and the highlands near John Day. Adams adds, "Everything is coming from the south/southwest. We'll the be the first to see it in our area." She says most of the snow will move in overnight, tonight. "It gets moving in the morning and we'll see another 1 1/2 inches to two inches in the morning. And it looks like Thursday afternoon things have kind of moved to the north and northeast."
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch, from 6 p.m. tonight, through 4 a.m. Saturday. With temps predicted to remain in the low 30s through the end of the week, any snow that does fall is likely to stick around.
All this talk of snow has local ski resorts cautiously optimistic. After a dismal season last year, and a warmer forecast for this winter, Hoodoo Ski Area is ready for the snow. "We could get over a foot Wednesday, Thursday," said Daidre Streeter with Hoodoo. "Then it looks like it could change to freezing rain, which we're not real excited about. But, sometimes they're wrong. Ya know, we'll take anything we can get to start building our base up." Streeter said Hoodoo needs a minimum 30-inch base to be able to open, and that won't happen before the traditional start of the season- Thanksgiving weekend. Last year, Hoodoo opened three months late, and saw about a fifth of its typical visitors during a season that only lasted just over a month.