Saturday, December 7 – Newport, Oregon
Summary: It was indeed a three-dog night with this morning’s lows dipping into the teens as the skies cleared. Though yesterday began with Central Coast residents digging out from an average of 4 inches of snow on the ground, the last of the snow showers exited the area by late afternoon. Highs barely reached freezing, and with easterly winds gusting 15-25 knots, it felt even colder. Winds dropped off overnight. Today we’ll be trading in our snow shovels for an extra dog or at least another quilt. Roads are icy (see Travel section below). Frozen water pipes may become a serious issue, too. See the American Red Cross website (http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-s torm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes) for more information on dealing with this cold weather problem.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 34F/23F
Forecast: The coldest arctic air in four years has settled in for the remainder of the weekend. Tonight will probably be the coldest of the bunch with coastal communities dropping to the low teens. Fortunately for us, unlike folks in the Portland area, the east winds have subsided and we’re not facing extreme windchill temperatures today. Expect a high near the freezing mark this afternoon, a tad warmer tomorrow and tomorrow night. Outlook is for slow but steady moderation beginning Monday. Temperatures rising, cloud cover increasing and a return mid-week to ‘normal’ December weather with a warm and wet storm by Thursday. There is still some concern for the switchover period late Monday where we could see a mix of snow and freezing rain before the cold air is pushed out.
Travel: All Central Coast roads have some degree of icing this morning. It could actually get worse later today as the temperature rises to near the freezing mark and the ice/snow becomes slicker. Highways 18 and 20 passes are slick in spots, still windy this morning, and freezing fog is expected to exacerbate travel problems tonight through Monday morning. Meanwhile, if you travel to Portland, you’ll be facing windchills near zero. Chains are required this morning on I-5 at Eugene and points south. Cascade passes this weekend are slick, chains required in many places, and dangerous windchills of -10F to -20F.
Marine: A Small Craft Advisory is up for local waters through noon today. The buoys are reporting NE winds 20 knots gusting to 25, and seas at 6 feet. But these conditions are forecast to subside to easterlies 10-15 knots and seas 3-4 feet this afternoon through Tuesday. Outlook is for a SW storm by the Wednesday-Thursday timeframe with winds up to 20-30 knots and seas building into the low teens. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted today.
On the Beach… Very cold, clear, light wind, surf 3-4 feet
12/07 Sat 09:13 AM 2.93 L
12/07 Sat 03:00 PM 8.46 H
12/07 Sat 09:44 PM -0.46 L
12/08 Sun 04:36 AM 8.29 H
In Short: Coldest is years, clear, light winds, then gradual warming.