Strong wind warning on the south coast; Snow in the Oregon Coast Range, South Washington Coast, Valley Bottom

Strong wind warning on the south coast; Snow in the Oregon Coast Range, South Washington Coast, Valley Bottom

Posted 4/10/22 6:22 PM PST
By the staff of the Oregon Coast Beach Connection

(Oregon Coast) – Those in the western parts of Oregon and Washington will likely have a snowy morning drive, and crossing the coastal passes may not be possible. (Above: snow in Astoria, courtesy of Angi D. Wildt Gallery)

This is a series of unusual and potentially record-breaking weather conditions in Oregon and Washington, as well as the Washington Coast and Oregon Coast. Snow most likely arrives at the bottom of the valley overnight, which many meteorologists believe has never happened in Portland this late in the season.

This bizarre spring storm also brings a warning of high winds to the southern Oregon coast, a foot or two of snow in the Willapa Hills and Oregon’s Coast Range, and even slightly treacherous driving conditions on the coast. southern Washington and the northern Oregon coast.

National Weather Service (NWS) offices in Seattle, Portland and Medford are busy with a variety of warnings and hazard statements.

There’s a mix of snow and rain coming to beach towns like Manzanita, Seaside, Long Beach and Westport, and sticky snow on the ground in the Willamette Valley and Columbia Gorge — all Monday morning. Winter weather advisories are rising for the Willapa Hills and Oregon’s Coast Range through Monday afternoon, with snow piling up to one foot. On the southern Oregon coast, there is a severe wind warning through Monday, with gusts up to 75 mph possible.

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“A forceful low pressure system will move shoreward overnight bringing heavy rain and snow to the area. Snow will remain on the high ground for most of the event, however, heavy rain and falling Snow levels will be a problem for lowland areas.

North Oregon Coast / South Washington Coast Snow. No real accumulations are expected on the coasts or in places like Manzanita, Cannon Beach, Astoria or Seaview, but there will be a mix of rain and snow starting overnight. In valleys like Portland and the Gorge, snow on the valley floor is possible and therefore travel issues.

“The heaviest time of rainfall will be between 3 a.m. and 10 a.m.,” the NWS said.

However, fairly strong winds are expected from the central Oregon coast to the southern Washington coast with gusts of up to 40 mph.

Winter Weather Advisory Central Oregon Coast Range through the Willapa Hills. Snow is expected with three inches to 13 inches in the higher elevations of the routes to and from the coast, such as those intersecting with Long Beach, Seaside, Tillamook, Florence and Lincoln City. Winds will blow up to 35 mph. Everything starts tonight at 8 p.m. and ends Monday at the beginning of the afternoon.

“Travel could be very difficult, if not impossible,” the NWS said. “Slow down and exercise caution when traveling.”

Strong wind warning for the southern Oregon coast. This is in effect from late tonight until early Monday afternoon. The NWS said. Southwesterly winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph are expected. Higher gusts to 75 mph are possible on headlands and headlands in the region. This covers the coasts of Coos, Curry, and Douglas counties, including Brookings, Gold Beach, Port Orford, Bandon, North Bend, Coos Bay, Reedsport, all headlands and headlands in the region, and much of the US 101 corridor.

Travel issues through the Oregon Coast Range and southern Washington Coast Hills may persist intermittently into Thursday as the NWS forecasts snow levels to periodically fall as low as 1,500 feet. MORE PHOTOS BELOW

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