More Snow, Freeze for Oregon Coast, Passes and Portland; Big Waves Coming
Published 12/16/2016 at 5:33 PM PDT - Updated 12/16/2016 at 6:03 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff
(Elsie, Oregon) – Another round of seriously freezing weather is in store for the Willamette Valley and Portland areas, along with the coast range and the Oregon coast beaches, bringing snow to all this weekend. Record low temps are coming tonight for the Portland metro area, refreezing already snow-laden roads. But a nice big thaw out is coming as of Monday.
Meanwhile, seas will get really big later this week, making for great storm watching along the Oregon coast.
Valley towns like Salem and southward will get some snow, but more is likely for the Portland area on Saturday. About an inch or less is predicted.
For the Oregon Coast Range passes like Highway 26, 18 and 6, Saturday afternoon means about an inch or less of snow as well. This is likely to cause some unwelcome problems on the roads, especially since Highway 26 and Highway 6 are already dealing with slush on the pavement that will freeze overnight tonight. Still, weather and roads in the coast range are likely to be better than roads from Portland to Hillsboro – except perhaps the highest summits in the northernmost part of the coast range. Highway 18, which is farther south and not as high, will be faring much better.
There should be little to no problems along Highway 20 towards Newport.
On Sunday, there is a chance for a small amount of rain and snow for the Oregon Coast Range passes, with snow levels at 1500 feet during the day, then rising to 2500 feet at night. All problems on those roads should be dissipated by then.
On the Oregon coast, about a half an inch or less of snow is likely on Saturday, and lows will be just a notch above freezing at night. Sunday and down the line, things return to the normal rainy and breezy for these beach towns.
It's not likely the snow will stick on the Oregon coast, the NWS said, but it may in some areas.
Big waves will arrive soon this week, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland.
“Seas will increase rapidly above 10 ft with this system on Monday, then increase further to around 20 ft on Tuesday,” the NWS said. “Seas likely remain in the mid to upper teens through much of the rest of the week.”
Best places to watch these are from viewpoints set back from rocky shelf areas, like at Depoe Bay, Yachats (along with a 10-mile stretch south of there), Oceanside and the overlooks just south of Cannon Beach. Where to stay for this event - Where to eat - Map and Virtual Tour
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