06Dec2013 – Newport, Oregon
Summary: A Winter Storm Warning was issued yesterday afternoon as increasing clouds foretold the arrival of moisture and temperatures remained in the mid-30s after morning lows in the mid-20s. Along with the cold, light east winds, it was just the right mix for snow on the Central Coast. Snow amounts this morning are close to predictions at 1 to 4 inches, with Lincoln City receiving the least and Yachats the most, Newport is in the middle with about 3 inches on the ground. The east winds have picked up overnight so there is some blowing snow around, and windchill temperatures are dropping.
Schools: While most Lincoln County Schools had already scheduled an in-service day today with students staying home, as of this morning, everything has been cancelled. Their announcement: “All schools, including charter schools, and professional development activities cancelled due to inclement weather. All after school/evening activities cancelled.”
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 39F/28F
Forecast: We’re not out of the woods yet. Snow showers are expected through this afternoon, and the Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 4:00pm. Because snow showers are spotty, compared to the general snow we had overnight, forecasting accumulations is difficult. Depending on where the showers move through, we could see an additional 1-4 inches of snow on our stretch of the coast today. With high temperatures remaining in the low 30s, there probably won’t be significant melting even though we might even have a few sunbreaks. Tonight’s low in the low-20s. East winds building to 20 knots or stronger today and holding through tonight. Outlook is for the next big issue after the snow stops falling — gusty east winds and the lowest temperatures in several years. Tomorrow’s high right around freezing. Saturday night’s low could dip into the teens. Windchills down to the single digits are possible through early Sunday when the east winds finally fade away. Beyond the weekend, we’re looking at a warming trend, rain and a more typical coastal weather pattern. One caveat: during the changeover from cold to warmer Sunday night into Monday, we could see a wintery mix of additional snow flurries and possibly some freezing rain.
Travel: All roads and highways on the Central Coast will have some measure of snow cover today. We have reports of cars spinning out and/or in the ditch this morning. So, be extremely careful if you must drive. Highways 18 and 20 passes to and from the coast are predicted to receive snow through the day, with an additional 3-5 inches forecast to fall. At minimum, carry chains or have traction tires before venturing over the Coast Range.
Marine: The stronger E winds, 20-25 knots with gusts to 30, have prompted a Small Craft Advisory for the coastal waters today. Seas are not building substantially due to the wind direction, but there could be wind waves up to 6-7 feet today. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Outlook is for the winds and seas to start dropping off late tomorrow, then cold and clear conditions before the next ‘regular’ storm from the SW arrives mid-week.
On the Beach… Cold, windy, snow, surf 3-4 feet
12/06 Fri 02:01 PM 9.29 H
12/06 Fri 08:54 PM -1.15 L
12/07 Sat 03:43 AM 8.18 H
12/07 Sat 09:13 AM 2.93 L
In Short: Very cold, snow, windy, slow warming.