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Will It Snow Near Oregon Coast This Weekend | Some Beach Hazards

Published 01/18/21 at 6:46 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Will It Snow Near Oregon Coast This Weekend | Some Beach Hazards

(Oregon Coast) – Beach hazards are still in store for the northern half of the Oregon coast and southern third of the Washington coast through later tonight, with the National Weather Service saying all these troubled seas should calm by Tuesday. Sneaker waves are still a great danger through tonight.

Seas are expected to possibly rise again on the southern edges of the south coast later this week, however, but not northward. (Photo above courtesy Seaside Aquarium)

The bigger story may be snow coming to parts of western Oregon, including the upper elevations of the coast range later this week.

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Snow won’t hit the valley floors of Portland, Salem, Eugene or Medford, but the Cascades and some higher parts of Portland may see a dusting this weekend. The Oregon coast range stands a small chance, but there is so far no indication the beaches will see any of the white stuff.

“The more interesting weather feature arrives on Sunday into Monday,” the NWS said. “This system is wetter and cooler per recent runs of deterministic models. Right now model consensus has snow levels below 1000 ft, but down to near 500 ft or less especially for the Gorge and Hood River area, but snow levels should rise for most of the area as southerly flow increases.”

At this time, confidence is not extremely high, however.

“The Cascades, Cascade foothills, and higher elevations of the coast range are more likely to have snow accumulations with this event,” the NWS said. “Forecast confidence in snow levels, temperatures, and snow amounts for this day 7 frontal system is currently low, and expect there will be changes to the forecast and messaging for this system the next couple of days.”

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The NWS said some parts of the north Willamette Valley and southwest Washington could get see almost half an inch of snow, but the lower elevations will primarily see a mix of rain / snow.

While predictions now do not present traffic issues for the coast range passes, you can keep an eye on any possible problems: Oregon Coast Road, Traffic Conditions, Updates 

It’s interesting to note that the farther south you go the higher the snow elevation is predicted to be. The southern coast range will not receive anything at this point, with the minimum elevation so far predicted at 1400 feet to 2800 feet over the weekend.

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