PORTLAND -- Much of the Oregon Coast was hit by a blast of wintry weather Thursday. Temperatures and snow accumulations along the central and north coast closely mirrored those in Willamette Valley, and conditions in the Coast Range made for dangerous traveling.
There was about 8 inches of snow accumulation in the Coast Range above 1,000 feet, according to KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill.
"So there's a travel concern heading over the mountains," Hill said.
Alsea, Ore. saw roughly 6 inches of snow along the coast, with average accumulations near the beach around 2 to 4 inches in most other areas north of Newport. That city reported a mix of freezing rain and snow, Hill said.
Conditions along the coast were similar to the mid-Willamette Valley and Portland Metro area, which received between 8 and 4 inches of snow respectively by Thursday afternoon.
"It's unusual that there's no variation in snow and temperatures between the coast and valley," said Hill. "Just about everyone is getting dumped on by snow, except Mount Hood, which has only gotten about 4 inches.”
Photos of Yaquina Head, and Newport accident courtesy of NewsLincolnCounty