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Crazy Weather: High Winds on Oregon Coast, Snow in Coast Range, Big Seas

Published 03/07/2017 at 12:03 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Crazy Weather: High Winds on Oregon Coast, Snow in Coast Range, Big Seas

(Oregon Coast) – A crazy run of weather continues for the Oregon coast and the coast range. There will be snow in the passes through Tuesday morning, a high wind watch for beach towns until 6 p.m. Tuesday, and a storm warning offshore that will result in rather large seas on the central coast.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued the wind watch indicating gusts up to 65 mph. The highest winds will be north of Manzanita (Cannon Beach, Seaside and Astoria). Sustained south winds will be 30 to 40 mph in the towns themselves. They will start moving in late Tuesday morning with peak winds kicking in around 4 p.m. or a little later.

“Sustained winds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur,” the NWS said.

In the Oregon coast range, a winter weather advisory is still in effect until early Tuesday. The NWS said snow levels have risen there to 1000 and 1500, leaving just the higher elevations getting dusted. All this will change to rain just after 7 a.m., the NWS said.

For the coast range it is not expected to stick on the roads, but visibility could be a problem.

Along the beaches, especially around Yachats, Newport and Depoe Bay, wave height will reach around 18 feet on Tuesday, but decrease quickly that evening. The timing of the waves will make for fairly large breakers. Waves won't be quite as high farther north - but close.

For visitors, Tuesday will be the best time for storm watching along the Oregon coast, but the winds will make you want to stick to watching from your vehicle. Wednesday and Thursday will see calmer conditions and this will be a good time to look for what interesting objects the breakers have coughed up.

Currently, there are many ghost forests visible in areas like Moolack Beach and Thiel Creek near Newport, northern Seal Rock, and around Arch Cape and Hug Point. Also look for the shipwreck that's making a rare appearance at Rockaway Beach. Where to stay for this event - Where to eat - Map and Virtual Tour

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