Odd Winter Weather Coming to Oregon Coast,
Mountains and Portland
|Seaside may look like this over the weekend.
(Oregon Coast) - It’s like a smorgasbord of weather:
floods, big waves, snow, winds and rain.
It'll be a weird mixed bag of weather along the Oregon
coast, coast range, Cascades and in the Portland area this weekend, perhaps
even a little Biblical in feel. High wind gusts and big surf are expected
on the coast, while the coast range and Portland area are expected to
get some snow – possibly bringing some dusting to the beaches themselves,
along with the possibility of some flooding.
Meanwhile, even the Portland area is bracing for a shot
of snow over the weekend.
|Some bizarre storm watching is in store this weekend,
with big waves, wind and maybe snow all in the same three days (pictured:
The National Weather Service (NWS) said Friday would likely
see wind gusts as high as 65 mph along the coast as a strong cold front
moves in. “After the front passes, northwest winds will continue
most of Friday night,” the NWS said in a bulletin. “High surf
is expected along the coast Friday night and Saturday, with breakers reaching
to 25 to 30 feet. The high surf combined with a very high tide late Saturday
morning and early afternoon may produce areas of coastal flooding.”
The NWS said the bulletin included towns like Astoria,
Seaside, Cannon Beach, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Newport, Florence and
even up into the southern Washington coast, like Long Beach.
The NWS said the cold front will usher in the coldest air
so far in this season.
Then, another arctic cold front is expected to push its
way in immediately after the first, which may wind up dusting the beaches
with snow on Sunday and into the evening. Precipitation is expected to
end later Sunday night.
|Manzanita during a large windstorm.
Low temperatures are expected to drop down to 20 to 25
degrees by Monday.
For the coast range and the Cascade mountains, more nuttiness
is in store, including Cowlitz County, the southern Washington foothills,
towns like Vernonia, Trask, Jewell, Grande Ronde, along with areas east
of the Willamette Valley like Silver Falls State Park.
Some heavy snow is expected to develop in the higher elevations
Friday and Saturday as a cold front moves through.
“Snow levels early Friday will begin around 7000
feet, but are expected to fall rapidly behind the cold front down to 1000
feet Friday afternoon and evening,” the NWS said.
|Storm surges on the beaches may mean rare sights, like this wave
getting near the Seaside Turnaround. But it always means extreme caution
on the beaches, and it may neccessitate not hitting the beach at all
(photo Seaside Aquarium).
Accumulating snow will continue into Sunday, but the heaviest
snow will happen Friday. Some places, like the Willapa Hills, could reach
six to 12 inches.
Some predictions are that the coast range may experience
up to six inches of accumulation in higher spots, but this isn’t
likely to greatly affect traffic over the hills to and from the coast.
The Cascades, like Bend, may see around 12 to 18 inches.
Strong winds are also possible starting late Friday
in the coast range, continuing through early evening in the Cascade foothills.
Wind gusts in the higher elevations of the coast range may reach 60 mph.
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