Let’s also go ahead and add the newest advisory to the list Melissa created in the previous post. The NWS has now issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the North and Central Coast Range and Cascade Foothills. The advisory is in effect from 4 P.m. Thursday to 4 P.M. Friday. The snow level will drop to 2,000′ by Thursday afternoon, and down to 1,500′ to 1,000′ Thursday night into Friday. During that 24 hour period, up to 4 to 8 inches is expected for the Coast Range, and 6 to 10 inches for the Cascade Foothills.
The Eastern Douglas County Foothills will also begin picking up snow by overnight into Friday, with 3 to 6 inches or more expected above 2,500 feet. I expect a possible winter weather advisory for portions of the Central Oregon East Slopes as well.
Speaking of Central Oregon, there is also a wind advisory in effect tonight through 4 A.M. Thursday for the East Slopes of the Cascades. This includes the cities of Bend, Tumalo, and Sisters. Winds will be sustained between 20 to 30 with gusts up to 40 to 50 mph possible. This can make driving hazardous, especially in high-profile vehicles, and also minor property damage can occur.
–Meteorologist, Megan Taylor