Oregon Coast Weather Advisories and Warnings: Some Snow, Icy Roads
(Oregon Coast) - There's a winter storm warning for the central Oregon coast and inland areas south of Salem, while the north Oregon coast has a winter advisory in effect. Both are in place until late tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland issued the warning and advisory, starting from about midnight tonight. The NWS said a major cold low system will swing through the Washington coast and Oregon coast sometime before Friday night, likely to almost certainly bringing snow to the central coast and likely icy roads at times.
For the central Oregon coast – including towns of Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport and Yachats – it's a more serious situation, causing the NWS to issue an actual winter warning. There could well be snow in those towns. For the north coast – including the towns of Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, Garibaldi and Oceanside – the winter advisory means some travel issues on the roads but no snow.
This includes the Oregon coast range, but NWS added the winter warning also stands for areas south of Salem along the interior, meaning areas like Eugene and Corvallis as well.
Beginning about midnight tonight for both regions, the cold front moves in. Snow levels near the surface are likely for the central coast and even more likely for the southern Willamette Valley. The NWS said this brings with it the possibility of one to two inches of snow on the beaches but as much as four in other areas like the coast range and valley.
Some road will become icy in both areas, but the southern section will see some snow on the roads as well.
Visibility could become an issue in these areas.
The winter storm warning for the central Oregon coast expires at 4 p.m. Friday, while the advisory expires a bit earlier on the north coast. Portland does not look likely to be affected in any way except for extreme but dry cold.
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