After two weeks of highs below freezing, Wallowa County residents will get a break from the fierce start to winter.

Temperatures are expected to creep above freezing on Saturday and get as warm as 39 degrees on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

"We had a good shot of winter," said Diane Coonfield of the weather service's regional office in Pendleton. "After this next storm, temperatures will warm up to near-normal after the weekend."

A powerful storm brought frigid temperatures down from Canada in mid-December, and then a series of Pacific storms brought precipitation, which fell as snow throughout Oregon.

"To have such a series of storms with this much snow is significant," Coonfield said. "It was very significant for Portland because they usually don't have that much snow and then have it stay."

It was pretty much business as usual in Wallowa County during the series of storms, although lows fell below zero for several days.

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