• Welcome late-season snow has flip side, delays opening some Deschutes NF campgrounds

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    Late-season snow fall will affect the openings of some campgrounds. Learn more here.

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Recent late-season storms have brought much-needed snow to the Deschutes National Forest’s upper elevations. However, Forest Service officials said Tuesday the heavy snowfall has also affected the ability to conduct annual preseason safety inspections, maintenance and repairs and hazard tree removal in some campgrounds.

    Traditionally, a number of campgrounds in the Crane Prairie and Wickiup Reservoir areas open in time to coincide with the start of the annual fishing season.

    “While fishing season opens Friday, April 22, snow impacts have prevented our campground concessionaire from completing critical hazard tree removal work and maintenance at these facilities,” the statement said.

    Campgrounds in those…

  • Did Oregon’s rare April snow break weather records? Yep, here’s a few

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    Oregon’s April snow broke weather records. Find out more here. By

    The chance of measurable snow on the floor of the Willamette Valley goes down considerably by April. Snow in the hills? Sure. But it is “very rare” for snow to fall down to the valley floor, as it did April 11, 2022, the National Weather Service said.

    In much of the Portland/Vancouver metro area, this is the latest measurable snow in the spring. Here is the record report from the Portland weather service office for Monday’s snow:

    For PORTLAND AIRPORT (1941-2022), this snow was…

    ** Most ever in the month of April,…