Lt. McCraw’s update: Sun, then rain and parking permits

A chilly start this morning, the low at the airport was 37 this morning. We still have a slight chance of some patchy light rain or drizzle this morning, and there is some patchy fog around, otherwise it should be a partly sunny day. 

Lt. Gordon McCraw
Lt. Gordon McCraw

By Lt. Gordon McCraw
Emergency Management Director
Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office

We do have a fast moving cold front approaching that will bring several hours of rain to the area this evening as it races across. We can expect the usual post-frontal scattered showers tomorrow with another disturbance keeping a slight chance of showers in the forecast for Thursday.

Another front means the rain returns Friday followed by showers Friday night, diminishing Saturday morning but then a stronger cold front later Saturday into Sunday bring another 1-2” of rain along with some colder temperatures behind the front that pulls the snow level down to the lowest levels so far this season, possibly down to 2000-2500’ in the Coast Range.

Sunday night’s low is forecasted to be in the mid 30s then the forecasted high for Monday is only to the mid 40s, and the temperatures could be even lower by midweek. I guess I’ll break out the outside faucet covers and put them on this week!

Give the gift of the great outdoors this holiday season with an annual Oregon State Parks day-use parking permit. From Dec. 1 – 31, visitors and holiday shoppers can buy them for only $25–that’s $5 off the regular price of $30. Purchasing these passes is easy–buy them online at, along with branded holiday gift gear, such as portable coolers, water bottles and baseball caps.

Parking costs $5 a day at 26 Oregon State Parks unless you have a 12- or 24-month parking permit or a same-day camping receipt. The 24-month pass is $50. The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.

“Our December sale is the only time we discount the annual parking permit,” said Lisa Sumption, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Director. “These make a great gift. Your family and friends will thank you for a year of unlimited playing, hiking and picnicking.”

The Oregon Coast Passport is also discounted $5 in December. The passport is a multi-agency product, valid at Oregon State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service sites along the Oregon coast. The coastal passports are on sale for $30–regularly $35–in December.

The OPRD parking permits and Oregon Coast Passport can be purchased at major Oregon State Parks offices, some state park friends’ group stores and local businesses throughout the state. For a complete list of vendors, visit

First time members of the nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation ( receive a free 12-month permit at the $45 membership level or above.

Visitors are the single largest source of funding for Oregon’s state parks. Revenue from RV registrations and the Oregon Lottery, dedicated by voters in 1998 and 2010, make up the rest.

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