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Crews prep for heavy snow in the Coast Range

by Rod Hill

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Posted on February 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 23 at 5:23 PM

Driving into the Coast Range Wednesday between 1 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., we found our first blanket of snow at the Vernonia exit.  By the time we hit the tunnel just just shy of 4" was on the ground.  Multiple snow plows were dropping rock and keeping any patches of snow covered roads well plowed. 

We saw no accidents or cars having difficulty.  6" was on the ground shy of the 1,600' summit.  Road conditions were generally snow covered over the pass.  Loggers we talked with told stories of 18" of snow on the ground at higher elevations.  Saddle Mountain reporting station has 20 inches on the ground at 3,000 feet.  The snow pack is roughly 45% of average for this time of the year. 

A Winter Storm Warning continues for the Coast Range through the day Thursday.  4-8" of new snow is expected tonight and Thursday. 

Road crews will work 12 hours shifts through the night, keeping roads plowed.

Meteorologist, Rod Hill

 

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