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Snow gives way to rain

Rain's settling in – on top of last week's snowpack – in Grant County.

Published on February 11, 2014 2:19PM

After: Last week’s storms left a blanket of snow on the Strawberry Mountains and the once-brown pastures of the valley.

The Eagle/Cheryl Hoefler

After: Last week’s storms left a blanket of snow on the Strawberry Mountains and the once-brown pastures of the valley.

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Before: Just a month ago, in early January, deer grazed on snow-lacking hillsides below the Strawberry Mountain Wildnerness.

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Before: Just a month ago, in early January, deer grazed on snow-lacking hillsides below the Strawberry Mountain Wildnerness.

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Archie Martell uses a four-wheeler with a plow to clear off the parking lot at the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs office on Main Street in John Day. Mountains of snow appeared in lots across town as efforts continued to keep sidewalks and parking areas available.

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Archie Martell uses a four-wheeler with a plow to clear off the parking lot at the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs office on Main Street in John Day. Mountains of snow appeared in lots across town as efforts continued to keep sidewalks and parking areas available.

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This week’s road condition problem appears to be slush, as warmer temperatures and rain add to the weather mix.

This week’s road condition problem appears to be slush, as warmer temperatures and rain add to the weather mix.

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The sign at Seventh Street Complex suggests it’s time to play ball, snowball that is.

The Eagle/Scotta Callister

The sign at Seventh Street Complex suggests it’s time to play ball, snowball that is.

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Forecast warns of local flooding


Blue Mountain Eagle

JOHN DAY – Last week’s snowstorm lifted some anxiety about the season’s lagging snowpack before yielding to warmer temperatures and rain this week.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday warned that rain, combined with the leftover snow and slush, could cause some local flooding in the John Day Valley and the Monument area.

Officials warned the conditions could lead to clogged storm drains and street flooding.

In the mountains, the snowfall last week was welcomed by snowmobilers, sledders and other recreationists, as well as ranchers worried about summertime water supplies.

The series of storms hit hard in Western Oregon, closing businesses and disrupting traffic. It also dropped some 18 inches of snow in parts of Central Oregon, contributing to three deaths. (Story on Page A5.)

In Grant County, the mountains got more than a foot of snow in places, and more was falling Tuesday. The snow was turning to rain, with the Weather Service predicting rain into the weekend.

Last Friday, the Grant County Fairgrounds canceled its Cooks Cook-Off, but organizers pledged to reschedule.

Several other events – the Kam Wah Chung open house, a New Hope for Eastern Oregon Animals volunteer training, and an art show at the Grant County Regional Airport – went on as scheduled, drawing participants despite the weather.









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