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Will It Snow on Oregon / Washington Coast? Yer Darn Tootin.' Winds Too

Published 1/12/24 at 5:45 p.m.
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Will It Snow on Oregon / Washington Coast? Yer Darn Tootin.' Winds Too

(Oregon Coast) – If you enjoy things snow shutting down travel, roads becoming ice rinks and maybe even your favorite coffee shop shut down due to white conditions, then this is the weekend for you. (Above: Bandon, Manuela Durson - see Manuela Durson Fine Arts for more)

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For the rest of us, the incoming snow and ice are reasons to hunker down, with what appears to luckily be a one-day event. Most of the Oregon coastline and south Washington coast are under an unusual winter weather advisory from now through Saturday night, with one to four inches of snow expected in the Oregon Coast Range but more of an ice problem on the beaches – along with some snow.

The advisories do exclude some areas, including south of Port Orford. South of Florence through Coos Bay may well be looking at much less ice, but from Yachats through to Westport the beaches will be getting a good dusting and some icy roads to watch out for. That includes Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Newport and Bandon.

From Salem through to Eugene is predicted to get the worst of it, with sizable freezing rain. Portland will see plenty of snow all over its city streets, and there may be loads of unpleasantries for that region as well.

Higher elevations such as the Cascade mountains are looking at 25-degree-below wind chill factors.

This is why much of the inland region is under warnings for ice storms, blizzards or winter weather.

For the coastline, however, it's a winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service (NWS).

“Mixed precipitation expected,” the NWS said. “Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of around one to three tenths of an inch. Greatest amounts of ice accumulation expected from Tillamook to Lincoln City. Little to no ice at all south of Yachats, as temperatures from Florence to Yachats are expected to stay slightly above freezing.”

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Wind gusts of 40 to 45 mph in some areas will make this extra unpleasant on the beaches.

The timing of all this is not bad, considering it happens mostly on Saturday. The NWS said temps are already below freezing at this time in most areas, and as a moist system moves in late tonight so does the snow and ice.

What happens next is a bit up in the air, although forecasts are leaning towards more dry conditions and it's likely this snow event dissipates by Sunday morning. Forecasters do know that temps will not warm up until Tuesday or so.

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“While confidence is high for a prolonged period of widespread below freezing temperatures beginning Friday night and continuing through at least Tuesday morning, confidence remains low regarding exact snow and ice amounts Friday night through Saturday night, even this close to the event,” NWS said.

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Andre' GW Hagestedt is editor, owner and primary photographer / videographer of Oregon Coast Beach Connection, an online publication that sees over 1 million pageviews per month. He is also author of several books about the coast.

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