Thursday, November 12, 2009

Storm could bring snow to Coast Range

Thursday, November 12, 2009 12:30 am

Ready or not, here comes winter.

A series of storms forecast to hit the state this week could bring snow to the Coast Range and will likely soak the Willamette Valley.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement Wednesday for the foothills of the Cascade and Coast ranges. According to the agency, three different storm systems are expected to hit the region in the next three days.

The first arrived Wednesday, bringing rain to Corvallis and snow flurries to the Cascades.

The next storm was predicted to move in Wednesday night and this morning, with the last following tonight and Friday.

Though most snow accumulation - 1 to 3 feet - is expected in higher elevations, snow levels could drop to between 1,500 and 2,500 feet tonight and Friday.

The Corvallis-area forecast calls for rain today and Friday, with highs of about 48 degrees.

Lows will drop to the mid-30s tonight and Friday night.

There is a chance of rain Saturday and Sunday. Sunday's high is expected to be in the low 50s.

The snow forecast for the mountains is good news for ski resorts.

Just two Oregon ski areas are currently open: Timberline Lodge and Mount Hood Meadows. Neither is operating all lifts.

Other ski areas that have announced anticipated opening dates are Hoodoo (Nov. 27), Mount Bachelor (Nov. 20) and Anthony Lakes (Nov. 27).

Anyone planning to drive over mountain passes this week should be prepared for winter conditions. Carry chains, extra clothing, and food and water.

To check road conditions, see www.tripcheck .com.


November 12th, 2009 10:30 AM

Public hearings to adopt a uniform tsunami warning siren will be held this week in two coastal areas, announced Oregon Emergency Management today.

A team of specialists has been working on providing uniform, timely and accurate tsunami warning/notification to residents, employees and visitors along Oregon's coast. Based on Oregon Senate Bill 557, Section 2 the uniform tsunami warning signal administrative rules must specify type of signal, duration of signal, volume of signal and location of delivery device.

The work team has reviewed existing research and best practices on tsunami warning systems and decided on a uniform state standard that provides the necessary consistency to reduce potential conflicts and confusion. The objective of the tsunami statutes and implementing rules is to reduce the risk of loss of life.

Oregon Emergency Management is named as the responsible State Agency for carrying out the Administrative Rule development.

The first hearing will be held November 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the North Bend Community Health Education Center (CHEC), 2950 Sherman Avenue.

The second hearing will be held November 14 from 3 to 5p.m. at the Tillamook 9-1-1 Center, Stan Sheldon Board Room, 2311 Third Street.

The public is encouraged to attend.

Eastern Oregon Driving conditions

ODOT/Eastern Oregon: Watch for Black Ice - Numerous crashes have occurred in the Baker County area due to motorists losing control on black ice. Motorists are advised to drive with extra caution on the freeway and other roadways due to hazardous driving condition.