Oregon Coast Range, Cascades Getting Some Snow
(Cannon Beach, Oregon) – The routes to and from the Oregon coast and the Washington coast are in the midst of a special weather statement from the National Weather Service. The coast range mountain passes and the Cascade mountain passes are getting some snow this weekend, with the mountains of central Oregon and Washington expected to get as much as 14 inches.
The coast range and foothills will be getting a few inches as well, but so far this has not spelled major trouble for travel to and from the beaches.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said in a bulletin that more snow will occur this weekend and into Monday night.
“Snow showers have tapered off this afternoon as a low pressure system continues south along the Oregon coast,” the NWS said. “A couple of additional systems dropping south out of British Columbia Sunday and again late Monday will bring a better threat of snow to the mountains.”
Three to six inches of more snow is possible over the next few days in the coast range, which includes Highway 6 from Portland to Tillamook, Highway 26 to Cannon Beach and Seaside, Highway 18 to Lincoln City, and Highway 126 to Florence.
Eight to 14 inches of snow are possible in the Cascades, which includes towns like Silver Falls State Park, Government Camp, Detroit, Santiam Pass, Vida, Cottage Grove, and Oakridge; and Washington towns such as Mount St. Helens, Frances and Toutle.
Snow levels around the state are expected to lower considerably around the state by Monday, bringing the possibility of mixed snow and rain showers to the I-5 corridor.
Below, more images of Highway 26 in previous snow events (2006).
Seaside during a big snow event (2006)
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