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Chances of Light Snow in Oregon Coast Range Coming Up

Published 02/18/22 at 5:02 AM PST
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Chances of Light Snow in Oregon Coast Range Coming Up

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(Elsie, Oregon) – Winter is not done, it turns out, in spite of all the atmospheric pleasantries the Oregon coast and inland areas doled out recently. Temps will take a nosedive inland, with overnight lows dipping into the 20s at one point early this week.

With a round of precipitation coming, some of the higher elevations of the Oregon Coast Range may see a bit of snow on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and maybe Wednesday.

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However, it's doubtful it will stick, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland. Southwest Washington and northwest Oregon could see snow levels dropping to 1,000 feet on Sunday and Monday, then again on Wednesday.

“Because surface temperatures are still quite warm from the past weeks, any falling snow, if it were to occur, likely will not stick,” the NWS said. “Thus, not expecting any snowfall accumulations at elevations below 1000 ft and even above around currently forecast snow levels will be challenging to accumulate.”

The highest points of the Oregon Coast Range north of Florence and the Willapa Hills in Washington could see some driving issues briefly, mostly later at night on Sunday and Monday. However, for roads to the beach such as Highway 6, Highway 18 or Highway 26, snow levels drop to 1700 feet on Sunday. Luckily, the summits usually only get up to around 1800 to 2100 feet. Even then, the NWS is forecasting largel a rain / snow mix.

However, if you're heading to or from the coastline on Sunday through Tuesday, you will want to doublecheck Oregon Coast Road Conditions before heading out.

Farther south, for the southern Oregon coast and Highway 38 between Reedsport and I-5, snow levels lower a day or so later – on Monday – and even then only to 1300 feet at their lowest. This likely won't affect the drive to the south coast at all.

“At this point, it appears snow levels are most likely to fall into the 1000 to 2000 foot elevation range Monday into Tuesday,” the NWS in Medford said of the southern Oregon Coast Range and inland areas.

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