Malheur County braces for series of winter snow storms

ONTARIO – State transportation crews are bracing for a major winter storm to roll over Malheur County and deliver between three and six inches of snow this weekend.

And the storm could disrupt life around Treasure Valley for a couple of days. High school sports schedules and other events could be affected.

For the most needy, prolonged bad weather could pose a shelter for food and other necessities.

Highway crews are poised to make sure area roads stay open.

“Our crews are working to make sure salt is in the salt sheds and plows are ready to go,” said Tom Strandberg, a spokesman for the state Transportation Department in La Grande.

Paul Woodworth, the agency’s district manager in Ontario, said his crews are expecting six and 12 inches of snow across an area that includes Malheur, Harney . . .