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Plenty of Freezing Temps, More Snow for Washington / Oregon Coast

Published 12/26/21 at 10:12 PM PST
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Plenty of Freezing Temps, More Snow for Washington / Oregon Coast

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(Astoria, Oregon) – The post-White Christmas fun just won't end for the southern Washington coast and Oregon coast, with below freezing temps predicted for the bulk of this week, more snow even on beaches, and a variety of warnings and advisories, especially regarding travel to and from the shoreline. The south Oregon coast actually had a high surf advisory for awhile, and steep seas offshore will continue for a bit in that region, while it will see less snow events than areas north of Florence. (Above: wreck of the Peter Iredale in white on Sunday, courtesy Angi D. Wildt Gallery)

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter storm warning for the north Oregon coast and south Washington coast, along with the coast range and Willapa Hills, in effect until 4 a.m. Monday. The southern Oregon coast is under a winter weather advisory until near noon on Monday.

In each case, much like the interior and valley towns, moisture on the road will likely freeze over at night, creating black ice or other slippery conditions. The Oregon Coast Range and Willapa Hills will be seeing a half inch to an inch of accumulation in the overnight hours in the next few nights, but Monday morning brings that winter warning for those routes to and from beach towns such as Tillamook, Lincoln City, Florence and Cannon Beach.

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“Snowfall amounts could greatly vary spatially due to the showery nature of the snow, so some areas may have only an inch or less,” the NWS said. “Temperatures will be dropping into the mid to upper teens by early Monday morning.”

That pattern will continue through Wednesday night in the Coast Range, creating frozen spots and icy conditions in many parts.

Seaside on Sunday, courtesy Angi D. Wildt Gallery

Sections of the Coast Range highways have actually been shut down on and off, including Highway 26 near Elsie as of 10 p.m. Sunday.

The NWS said valley towns like McMinnville, Portland, Eugene or Silverton will see overnight lows in the teens and 20s.

“While coastal areas will see a larger spread from the upper teens well inland to the upper 20s closer to the ocean,” the NWS said. “Any residual liquid surface water will freeze to result in icy conditions and potentially hazardous travel conditions, especially where roads have remained untreated. Additionally, even light snowfall on top of the ice will make conditions worse.”

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For the rest of the week, most of Oregon will remain chilly, with high temps rarely reaching above the low 30s, if at all.

Already, Oregon coast areas like Seaside, Cape Meares and Astoria have seen plenty of snow on Sunday, often more than some parts of Portland. Beaverton / Hillsdale Highway, for example, only saw intermittent dustings since late Saturday night, with some frozen spots here and there overnight.

The southern Oregon coast had a high surf warning for awhile on Sunday, with waves up to 24 feet coming onshore. That region – from Reedsport southward to Brookings – is still under a winter advisory through Monday morning, but it will see little to no snow for the rest of the week.

Offshore seas will still be somewhat steep through Monday night, according to the NWS.

“Seas and winds will further ease on Tuesday and conditions will likely remain more settled through the middle of the week due to high pressure building over the waters,” the NWS said.

This could mean a continued display of large waves at Coos Bay's Shore Acres for another day or so.

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