December 5, 2013 – Newport, Oregon
Summary: Jack Frost continues nipping noses around the Central Coast. A frosty start with temperatures in the mid-20s yesterday morning gave way to sunshine, east winds 10 knots or so, and a high near 40F. The clear skies allowed what little daytime heating there was to escape to space after sunset and in most locations the mercury fell below freezing straight away. Clear and cold, in the mid-20s, this morning, too, though less frost.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 43F/28F
Forecast: Now this is where forecasters want to turn in their badges — anytime there’s a threat of snow, especially along the coast. Prediction is difficult because just the right ingredients are required: cold air, enough moisture but not too much, and the proper offshore (easterly) wind to provide stirring. As of this morning, it looks like the mixing bowl is being filled and the icing should be ready to spread by late tonight. The heaviest snowfall will probably be south of our area with the main weather disturbance coming ashore somewhere below Florence. That said, snow amounts are predicted to increase from north to south with Lincoln City getting less than Yachats, and Newport somewhere in between. Central Coast accumulations look to be anywhere from a dusting to 2 inches, with snowfall beginning late tonight and extending into midday tomorrow. Temperatures will be low enough tonight, 30F, for the snow to stick, though most may melt during tomorrow’s predicted high in the upper 30s. Outlook is for a return to very cold conditions into the weekend with overnight temperatures dropping into the low-20s, and daytime highs reaching the mid-30s. By early next week, the cold air is expected to exit our area and we’ll return to a more typical December regime of cloudy, mild and wet.
Travel Advisory: The passes on Highways 18 and 20 may receive as much as 3-5 inches of snow in the next 24 hours.
Marine: This is the easy part today with not much going on. Winds staying on the E side of compass: E 5 knots today, going SE 5-15 with gusts to 20 tomorrow, NE 15-20 Friday night through Saturday night, then back to E 5 knots on Sunday. Seas 3-5 feet today through the weekend, building to 6 feet on Monday. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted today.
On the Beach… Cold, light wind, surf 3 feet, last of the king tides this afternoon.
12/05 Thu 01:08 PM 9.91 H
12/05 Thu 08:04 PM -1.65 L
12/06 Fri 02:52 AM 8.09 H
12/06 Fri 08:09 AM 2.99 L
In Short: Cold, some snow, cold and clear again, slow warming and wetter.