Summary: After being right on the edge of snowy weather several times this Winter season, we finally got hit this morning as conditions were ripe for the Central Coast’s first real snowfall since 2014. A dusting to one inch of accumulation was enough that the Lincoln County School District cancelled classes at all local schools today. The snow event came after yesterday’s mostly sunny skies. High temps reached the upper-30s to lower-40s and east winds blew at chill-to-the-bone speeds most of the day. There was considerable starshine overnight, until around 3:00am when the clouds arrived and the snow began falling about an hour later. At daybreak, light snow continued and east winds were 10-20 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 700’
Visibility: 2 miles/Wind: E 10 mph G17/Altimeter: 29.92”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 38F/27F/27mph
Depoe Bay: 42F/28F/23mph
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, including the cities of Lincoln City, Newport and Florence. The advisory remains in effect until noon today. Snow accumulation up to 1-2 inches. The snow will stick to untreated roads and is expected to make travel more difficult, including around the time of the morning commute. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
Travelers Note… The advisory also applies to the South Willamette Valley including the cities of Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis, Albany and Lebanon, where 1-2 inches of snow is expected this morning. The Valley advisory is in effect until 7:00pm this evening.
Forecast: Expect the snow to stop sometime this morning, but it won’t be in any rush to melt as the mercury peaks at only 35F this afternoon. Gusty east winds to 30 mph are expected, so there could be times of reduced visibility due to blowing snow. Gradual clearing, east-windy and continued cold tonight, low about 25F. Tomorrow, sunny with a high of 40F and lighter east winds. Outlook is for mainly clear and 40F Friday, and then it’s back to normal with rain Saturday through Tuesday; the thermometer returns to seasonal as highs reach 45-50F and lows dip to 40F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there is packed snow on the pavement, it’s snowing and about 20F in the passes; snow before noon, up to 3 inches accumulation, then a chance of snow this afternoon, breezy, highs 30-35F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting snow from Salem south to Eugene, 1-2 inches accumulation, a chance of snow and blustery east winds in Portland Metro, high temps 30-35F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a slight chance of snow, cold east winds gusting 30-35 mph, highs of 25-30F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow on the highways and it’s snowing this morning, temps very cold at 10-15F, chains or traction tires are required over the passes; snow today, 1-4 inches accumulation, east winds gusting as high as 45 mph causing blowing snow and reduced visibility. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Winds are ENE 10-20 knots gusting 25 with seas 5 feet at 6 seconds this morning. A Small Craft Advisory for winds in effect through this evening. Those pesky nor’easters continue today and tonight at 20-25 knots gusting 30, swells 1-2 feet but windwaves 6-7 feet at 7-8 seconds. Tomorrow, the NE wind eases to 10-20 knots gusting 25 with windwaves around 4 feet at 5 seconds and a 2-foot swell. Outlook is for SE winds 5-10 knots, swells 3 feet on Friday, then southerlies 20-25 knots Saturday and Sunday, swells building to 10-11 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Snow early, breezy, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/04 Wed 10:30 AM 3.19 L
01/04 Wed 04:16 PM 7.12 H
01/04 Wed 10:34 PM 1.23 L
01/05 Thu 05:26 AM 8.33 H
In Short: Snow decreasing, windy, clearing, chilly, then wet and warmer.