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UPDATE: Winter, Snow Advisory for Portland, Oregon Coast Range, Beaches

Published 02/06/2019 at 11:23 PM PDT - Updated 02/08/2019 at 4 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

UPDATE: Winter, Snow Advisory for Portland, Oregon Coast Range, Beaches

(Portland, Oregon) – UPDATE: Oregon Coast now under a winter weather advisory: Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches expected. Localized areas could see higher amounts, with the best chances at elevations above 500 feet. From 7 p.m. tonight through 4 p.m. Saturday, precipitation will likely begin as a period of rain before changing over to snow this evening, with snow showers continuing into Saturday. Colder temperatures and even more snow are expected for areas around Portland, the inland valley, the Oregon Coast Range and even the beach towns. Thursday through the weekend seems to bring that likelihood for all the northwestern state. (Photo above courtesy Daphne Hoth, Seaside Aquarium).

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The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a special statement for the Oregon coast, Willamette Valley and Portland area, which includes all areas of western Oregon such as the Cascade Foothills from Lane County northward and into the Gorge.

“A cold air mass will remain over the Pacific Northwest through the weekend, and potentially much of next week as well,” the NWS said. “This will likely result in additional chances for low elevation snowfall.”

Thursday into Friday brings the first dustings to the low elevations, but likely no accumulations for many areas. However, there is the possibility of an inch of snow piling up, which could cause commuting issues.

The bigger stuff happens later.

“However, snow levels will be lowering again by early Saturday morning and will potentially be hovering between sea level and 1000 feet through much of Saturday and Saturday night,” the NWS said. “There will likely be heavier bands of precipitation which bring accumulating snowfall to some areas at the lowest elevations, while other low elevation areas will see lighter precipitation and little to no snow accumulation. There is still low confidence as to where the heavier bands will set up, and what what snowfall amounts can be expected. At this time, we advise checking the forecast frequently over the next couple of days as details come into better focus.”

The Oregon Coast Range and the highways to the beaches will present the biggest issues. Current forecasts show as much as one to two inches of snow on Saturday in the upper elevations. From Sunday through at least Wednesday, the NWS is predicting snow and rain mixed in during the daytime, but chances of snow after dark.

Keep a close on Oregon Coast Road Conditions – at this link – during those days, which also features driving issues on the routes to and from the beaches.

Along the Oregon coast itself, accumulation of half an inch is possible on Saturday, but switching to rain and snow mixed later. Sunday through Wednesday appears to feature only rain on the beaches, but with a slight chance of snow / rain mix on Tuesday and Wednesday. See Oregon Coast Weather - Oregon Coast Traffic Conditions.

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Photos below courtesy Seaside Aquarium

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