One of the top questions that people have about Oregon is “what are winters like in Oregon?” this is a common question to ask because some people who have never been to Oregon think that it snows all the time here during the winter and they might let that stop them from traveling here during the winter.
In this article, we will provide you with some tips for what winters in Oregon are really like so you can know for certain if you should visit Oregon during the winter months or not.
Winters on The Oregon Coast
From Seaside down to Brooking’s, winters along the Oregon Coast are often mild. This means that the average temperature won’t go below the ’40’s during the day or into the 30’s at night.
On the very rare occasion that there’s snow along the Oregon Coast during the winter. When this occurs, the snow doesn’t last for very long and is usually gone by mid-morning but it is beautiful to watch because there’s nothing like seeing snow on the beach!
Overall, winters along the Oregon Coast are awesome. If you haven’t stayed along the coast during the winter, you should stay for a few days in Seaside, Bandon or Silverton. You won’t regret it!
What Are Winters Like in The Portland Area?
Winters in the Portland area are usually wet! It’s not uncommon to have a lot of rain during the winter months mixed with freezing temperatures plus some snowy days so you have to be prepared for anything.
From Portland down to Grants Pass, you can expect snow during various parts of winter so it’s always good to anticipate snow even if it’s not being predicted.
Tip – If you’re taking a Greyhound bus into Oregon during the winter, be prepared for delays due to snow! It’s not uncommon for busses to be delayed in Idaho for several hours until they can travel into Portland.
Obviously, the closer you get to the mountains like Mount Hood, for example, you’re going to need chains and snow gear but if you stay in the PDX area during the winter you should be fine but cold. 😊
Winters in Central Oregon
Central Oregon is an area where you can expect snow during the winter months. Depending on the weather patterns you could see some snow in towns like Redmond, Prineville or Sisters as early as October and definitely by December.
What’s great about snow in Central Oregon is that you can ski or snowboard until April because Mount Bachelor is typically open until late April with plenty of snow on the runs.
Tip – Central Oregon only gets about the same amount of rainfall per year as Los Angeles so if you decide to move to Bend for example, don’t expect the same amount of rain that you might have in Portland.
Eastern Oregon Winters
The closer you get to Idaho, the more snow you can expect to encounter during the winter months.
How much? It’s not uncommon to get up to 20 inches of snow in Eastern Oregon from November through January so if you plan on traveling through the area in the winter it’s best to have snow tires on your vehicle and plenty of winter gear.
Where is your favorite place to be in Oregon during the winter? Let us know with a comment below.