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A WINTER STORM WATCH for Central Oregon went in place early this morning and it will stay in place until 10:00 pm Wednesday. Snow showers have already begun and accumulations could reach 4-9" by Thanksgiving morning. Highs today will be in the mid 30's to around 40 and NW winds pick up to 5-15 mph, gusting to 20 mph. Snow showers continue tonight with lows in the upper teens to low 20's, and light winds.
Folks traveling early in the week for the holiday weekend should use extreme caution. The mountains and regions to our south are expecting serious winter weather that will include heavy snowfall and high winds.
The mountain passes are expecting 15-25" of fresh snow between now and Thursday morning. Mt. Bachelor is scheduled to open Friday and could see as much as 20-30" of snow by Thanksgiving morning.
This is our first major winter storm of the season and travelers should be prepared for hazardous winter driving conditions. Those driving conditions will improve somewhat beginning Thanksgiving Day, but you also need to be prepared for very cold conditions to settle in then, as well. We will see some partial clearing by Friday, but daytime highs will be in the low 20's and overnight lows will drop below zero.
In the NewsChannel 21 Weather Center, I'm Bob Shaw...
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