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Light Snow for Oregon, Washington, Coast Ranges; Frost Advisory

Published 04/02/2020 at 7:24 PM PDT
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Light Snow for Oregon, Washington, Coast Ranges; Frost Advisory

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(Portland, Oregon) – No April Fool’s joke: snow is in the cards for much of Oregon and Washington on Friday. However, down in the valleys it will be a mere dusting and only above 500 feet, while in the Oregon coast range and Washington hills that are above 1200 feet you’ll see some of the white stuff sticking around.

Towns along the Oregon coast and Washington coast will see almost no dustings, although some flakes are possible north of Lincoln City. The southern Oregon coast is under a frost advisory.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland said there is a potential for very light accumulations even Thursday night and into early Friday, with the Portland area warming up sooner than some areas in Washington and farther south in Oregon. Lane County and Eugene may see more snow on Saturday morning, and the coast ranges for both states could get snow accumulation a little bit overnight on Friday and early Saturday.

It all begins later on Thursday night.

“Primary snow level will fall to around 500 feet under a 1200 foot freezing level,” the NWS said. “Valley temperatures tonight will locally reach the lower 30s with the mid 30s possible across the Portland Metro.”

“Certainly do not see any significant snow amounts with just a couple hundredths of liquid equivalent here or there. The key phrase for elevations below 1000 feet will be ‘Little or no snow accumulation,’ however, just about anybody near sea level from Salem/Lincoln City northward could see snow flakes in the air Friday morning. Snow levels rise as warming occurs during the day, but never really escapes the higher foothills.”

From there, the upper half of the state and southern Washington dry up as a cold mass starts a few dustings in the southern half of Oregon.

Meanwhile, the southern Oregon coast, including Curry County, is under a frost advisory Thursday night through 9 a.m. Friday. Temperatures from 32 to 36 are expected, the NWS said.

“Frost could kill sensitive outdoor vegetation if left uncovered,” the NWS said. “Overnight lows will be highly dependent on the amount of cloud cover. If there’s more cloud cover tonight, overnight lows could end up a few degrees higher than what’s currently in the forecast.”

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