Arctic sends Malheur County unusually cold weather

Snow and ice flock branches outside a Vale office building. Colder than normal weather has been covering Malheur County. (Malheur Enterprise/John Braese)

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE – A peculiar blend of weather this season has shut down roads, delivered more snow, and wrapped the area in colder than usual temperatures.

The culprit for the icy mixture isn’t the typical winter weather pattern, said Dave Decker, program leader with the National Weather Service in Boise.

“It’s mainly because there is a really strong high up over Alaska. That is allowing a lot of the colder, arctic weather to spill down south,” he said.

Decker confirmed what is obvious to those who live in the upper Treasure Valley: Temperatures in December were colder than usual by an average of . . .