Snow kidding? Higher elevations get coating of white stuff

By Kelly Ducote, The Observer May 22, 2013 11:24 am

Despite the calendar nearly reading June, winter weather conditions continue to loom in the area.

Parts of Wallowa and Union counties received as much as four inches of snow accumulation overnight and into this morning. Mt. Emily, bare of snow just yesterday, appeared to have some accumulation as well.

The National Weather Serviced issued a snow advisory until 10 a.m. this morning.

Dennis Hull with the National Weather Service in Pendleton said the snow is a result of a very deep upper level low pressure system that has created lots of cold air, bringing snow levels down to around 2,700 feet.

Hull said that level will rise to 4,000 feet as temperatures increase throughout the day.

“I would say that the areas 4,000 feet and below should be melting. Roads for the most part are melting off,” Hull said.

Motorists traveling over the Blue Mountains between La Grande and Pendleton should be prepared for winter driving conditions and monitor www.TripCheck.com.

Snow was reported at Meacham and Tollgate this morning. Interstate 84 and Oregon Highway 204 have snow in places, causing slippery conditions, according to the weather service.  

Once snow is melted, the system could bring thunderstorms and showery conditions to the region through the weekend.