March 23, 2018
Welcome springtime!! This morning around 6:30-7:00am we were having hail, rain/snowshowers and thunderstorms, the temperature at the house was 33 and 36 at the airport. The webcams are showing lots of snow across Hwy 6 and 26. Since arriving at work there have been several accidents reported on Hwy 6 and www.tripcheck.com is showing a couple on Hwy 26 as well. There was also an accident on Hwy 131 near Bayocean Rd in Tillamook. With there already being 5-8” of snow reported roadside and snow accumulating on the roads in the passes with numerous reports of vehicles stuck in the snow, jack-knifed trucks, etc., slow and steady with abundant caution is todays travel recommendation if you must go. I did just speak to someone who went over via Hwy 22 and it was clear around 6:30 this morning.
So, the weather picture is, we have a cold core low pressure area to the northwest off the Canadian coast that is rotating cold shower across our area headed northeast. The relatively warmer water is adding another element to the showers, giving us a chance of thunderstorms also. These thunderstorms could move inland over the afternoon hours with daytime heating. The heavier showers will likely have small hail associated with them and the snow level is quite low as indicated by the snow in the webcams. It appears the snow is primarily the Coast Range westward and north of Hwy 22. The high today only around 45, the low tonight back down to 35 so we can expect more low level snow, maybe 300-500’ again tonight, a mix lower during the heavier showers.
Tomorrow looks to be pretty much like today, showers, some low level snowshowers, hail likely at times, and thunderstorms are still possible. Expect travel to be impacted across the Coast Range again, or still. Highs near 48, lows near 35.
Sunday the shower activity becomes more widely scattered with partly sunny skies again into Sunday and Monday, highs in the upper 40s, lows in the upper 30s, then, high pressure builds in but the models dispute drying conditions so there is a slight chance we could still see a shower or two Tuesday, otherwise, dryer and warmer, highs in the upper 50s, lows in the low 40s.
Tillamook Area Forecast