BEND, OR -- Another sign winter is on the way: Cascade Lakes Highway and Paulina Lake Road will close Monday morning. At 8 a.m., The Deschutes County Road Department will close the snow gates at Dutchman Flat and Deschutes Bridge, on Cascade Lakes Highway, west of Mount Bachelor. And they'll close the snow gate on Paulina Lake Road at the Ten-Mile Snow Park.
Despite the current lack of snow, officials say the closures occur on or around November 15 of each year, before any major snow events, to make sure no one gets stuck on the rural roads.
Weather permitting, both roads will reopen prior to Memorial Day.