A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for mixed Winter precipitation possible along the Central Oregon Coast late Wednesday night and Thursday. A strong weather system will spread moisture over an existing cold air mass along the coast late Wednesday night and Thursday. Mixed precipitation of sleet and freezing rain are possible. Amounts along the Central Coast will probably be light and brief before changing over to rain Thursday morning. Farther north along the coast, the low level cold air will last longer and some ice or even snow accumulations are possible through a good part of Thursday morning before changing to rain later in the day. Be prepared for some winter weather along the Oregon coast Thursday.
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for significant Winter weather expected over Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon late Wednesday night and Thursday. An unusually strong Winter storm will bring mixed precipitation across much of the area with significant impacts. This is the strongest storm of this type in quite a while. Snow accumulations of 1 or 2 inches are possible Wednesday night, and ice accumulation up to a quarter inch is possible Thursday morning. Travel will be difficult as some brief snow accumulations change to sleet and then freezing rain and roads become snow- and ice-covered and slick. A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
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