One Last Big Ice Storm for NW Oregon, Coast
|The wintry scene at a pond in Beaverton this week.
(Portland, Oregon) – The abominable snowman has one
more big punch in store for Portland, northwest Oregon and the coast range.
It looks like more snow coming this weekend, even on the
north coast, but most areas of northwest Oregon will receive more rain
than snow and warmer temperatures after Sunday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter
storm warning for this weekend for coast range of Oregon, in effect from
10 a.m. on Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. In that time, expect heavy snow
showers and freezing rain.
"Snow showers will continue into tonight with one
to two inches of additional accumulation expect," said the NWS. "A
strong moisture laden Pacific frontal system will move into the area Saturday
through Monday. This system has considerable moisture associated with
it, and has the potential to drop amounts of snow and freezing rain over
|Snow on the central coast, near Depoe Bay.
Freezing rain is expected to take over on Saturday evening
Monday things start to warm up quite a bit for the passes
to the coast, although a mix of rain and snow is still expected throughout
the week. In any case, it’s expected to be quite passable, creating
good news for those with cabin fever who want to hit the beaches after
this weekend or during Christmas break.
Monday through Wednesday, the coast range will see highs in the mid-30’s
or higher, with lows about 30 – 32. This means most of the snow
will likely be melted on the highways during the days, but the evening
hours may prove difficult with the new incoming snow.
|A wintry Cannon Beach (photo Seaside Aquarium)
Snow still lingers in heavy amounts on the coast range,
outside north and central coast towns like Lincoln City, Newport, Tillamook
and Seaside. The northern Oregon coast still has plenty of snow on the
streets in places like Cannon Beach or the Nehalem Bay, while most of
Portland has dry pavement and barely any white on the sidewalks.
The snow continues to cause problems at this time on Friday
in other places around Oregon, the coast range and the country.
|The San Dune Inn in Manzanita this week.
Currently, ODOT says hazardous driving conditions still
exist on Highway 26 and Highway 6 to the north coast, and Highway 18 to
the central coast. Chains are required on 26 and 6, but ODOT cameras show
plenty of snow on the roads along Highway 18 as well. ODOT advises finding
alternate routes to traveling in the coast range – but that’s
presumably for those living there since there is no other way in or out
of the Oregon coast.
At least seven flights have been cancelled at Portland
International Airport, which has more to do with snowbound destinations
are departure points elsewhere in the U.S. Many places in the country
are snowed in as well.
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Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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