More Snow on Oregon Coast Than Inland Expected Today
Published 02/24/2017 at 3:49 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff
(Oregon Coast) – February is going out with a bit of a bang: namely the surprise forecast of more snow on the Oregon coast than inland for Friday. That's right. More snow is expected on the beaches and coast range than in places like Portland, Salem or Eugene.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland issued a winter weather advisory for some of the central Oregon coast and all of the north coast, as well as the coast range mountains. Snow levels are expected to hit the sea level on Friday morning, with as much as one to two inches in the early hours. Some areas of the beaches may not get anything.
The Oregon coast range already was hit with a dusting of snow on Thursday. The advisory is in effect until about 3 p.m. for the mountains and the beach towns. The affected area is from Lincoln City northward, which includes Tillamook County and Clatsop County, as well as highways US26, US6 and the Van Duzer Corridor towards Lincoln City.
The Portland area and the valley are not in this advisory.
Meanwhile, this bizarro world of weather indicates Portland and the valley will get a mere dusting in the morning, turning into rain later on.
Snow levels in the coast range will rise to 1000 feet by the afternoon, leaving the higher elevations to get continued snow.
“A cool and unstable air mass will remain over the region through the weekend,” the NWS said. “Meanwhile, a low pressure system dropping down from British Columbia will move south just off the Washington and Oregon coast on Friday. This will bring increasing showers starting early Friday morning. Showers will continue, briefly heavy at times, through the remainder of the day.”
The NWS said most locations won't see any snow, but spotty amounts anywhere from a dusting to one inch may occur. Chances for snow are higher beyond 500 feet.
Don't count many snowball fights, however. The NWS said any accumulations will melt within a couple of hours.
“However, the timing of the snow showers will include the time of the morning commute and there could be some impacts to travel,” the NWS said.
Photo courtesy Ocean Inn, Manzanita
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