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Last Blast of Snow for Oregon Coast Range, Washington Coast Hills, Then Drying

Published 12/30/21 at 4:42 AM PST
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Last Blast of Snow for Oregon Coast Range, Washington Coast Hills, Then Drying

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(Cannon Beach, Oregon) – The last of the snow for the valley and Oregon Coast Range is approaching, with one final blast overnight into the morning in the Coast Range and Washington coast's Willapa Hills. Travel problems to and from the Oregon coast and Washington coast have plagued the region this week, with snow causing closures and creating the need for chain requirements in the upper elevations.

All that is melting away – so to speak – as the National Weather Service (NWS) said precipitation will be low in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington on Thursday, and then a warming pattern kicks in.

However, in the meantime there is a winter weather advisory for the Oregon Coast Range until Thursday afternoon, while the south Oregon coast will be under a freeze warning overnight, ending at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Until about noon on Thursday, the NWS said to expect two to five inches of snow in the Willapa Hills and Oregon Coast Range.

“Plan on slippery road conditions,” the NWS said. Temperatures will drop back below freezing, with spotty ice likely on roadways, especially those with any moisture still on the pavement.”

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After that, another cold and wet pattern creeps in on Thursday and Friday, but it won't be as serious. It will not cause any snow on the Washington coast or Oregon coast, however. The snow level may lower to around 800 feet at times, depending on the area of northwest Oregon, but there won't be as much moisture involved.

“At moment, any accumulations look to stay on the light side,” the NWS said.

For most valley places like Portland, however, snow will be at a minimum if not completely gone after today.

A drier pattern kicks in on Saturday, leading to a chilly but snow-less New Year's Eve.

For the Oregon Coast Range and Willapa Hills of the Washington Coast, the forecasts are showing a mix of rain and snow from Friday onward, with little to no accumulation. Snow levels rise far above the Coast Range on Saturday.

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