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Published 11/30/22 at 5:29 AM
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Snow Advisories for Oregon / Washington Coast Range, Some Wave Drama

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(Astoria, Oregon) – This week looks like an active one for snowy conditions around the Oregon Coast Range, Washington Coast passes and some high seas for a few areas. Astoria may even get some snow in its higher elevations. (Above: Highway 26, photo Oregon Coast Beach Connection)

The National Weather Service (NWS) has put out a winter weather advisory for the Coast Range from Tillamook County up through the Willapa Hills of the Washington coast, in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning. It's a call for caution on the way to the Oregon coast or Washington coast.

“Snow expected,” the NWS said of the Willapa Hills. “Total snow accumulations of 1 to 6 inches, with the lower accumulations expected on the valley floors.”

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The winter advisory for the northwest coast range is for passes such as Highway 6 and Highway 26, and accumulation predictions are a little different. This includes the areas of Vernonia, Jewell, Sunset Summit, Lees Camp, and Trask, affecting the drive to Tillamook and Seaside / Cannon Beach.

“Total snow accumulations 2 to 6 inches, with a half to 2 inches for lowest elevations,” the NWS said.

Even though the advisory stops at about Tillamook County, Highway 18 will get some accumulation on and off this week. The advisories may shift southward and include the route to Lincoln City.

Snow in Seaside, courtesy Angi D Wildt Gallery

In the Astoria area, there's likely a mix of snow and rain early on Thursday. Snow levels there drop to 500 feet.

On the southern Oregon coast, near Bandon and Coos Bay, the passes there may get some dustings as well. Thursday morning the NWS predicts snow levels will get down to 1500 feet.

Waves offshore verge on some rather intense numbers later in the week, from about Florence through to the Washington coast.

For the north Oregon coast, look for some wave drama. Seas build to 15 feet late Friday afternoon, and the NWS said it's possible these could go up to 20 feet that day.

Waves get rather high at around 13 feet from Florence through Lincoln City. MORE PHOTOS BELOW

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