08Dec2013 – Newport, Oregon
Summary: Crispy and crunchy sounds more like a potato chip commercial than a weather report. But with snow on the ground, skies clear as a bell and cold arctic air firmly in place, Central Coast residents were bundled up and walking or driving with a definite crunch yesterday. Highs just barely reached freezing, and this morning’s lows are into the mid-teens again. In the Valley, it’s much colder with Eugene at -7F this morning, and Corvallis dropping to -1F. Some clouds are just becoming visible to our north, and the east winds, thankfully, are fairly light this morning.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 31F/19F
Forecast: By Wednesday or Thursday we should be back up into the 40s. Our focus now shifts to how we get from here to there. A couple of minor weather disturbances are headed our way to begin increasing the cloud cover and slowly warming us up over the next 24-48 hours, though there doesn’t seem to be much precipitation associated with this change. Highs should just pass freezing today, tonight’s low in the mid-20s, light easterly winds and a chance for some light snow, or rain and snow mixed, by tomorrow. Outlook is for gradual but persistent warming beginning tomorrow with a high around 40F, lows just above freezing. Regular, though not heavy, rain by Tuesday before a stronger system comes in from the southwest Wednesday night and Thursday. Rain, wind, temps in the 40s by then.
Travel: Local roads and highways have varying amounts of packed snow and ice this morning. Coast Range Highways 18 and 20 have mostly just roadside snow, some icy spots in the travel lanes and freezing fog forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning. Cascade passes are cold (Santiam on Highway 20 at -14F this morning). Carry chains/traction tires on all passes.
Marine: Nearly calm conditions at sea today, with light E winds and seas 2-3 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Today NE winds 5-10 knots, seas 2-4 feet. Outlook is for a slow change. Monday, SE winds 10 knots or less, seas 4-5 feet; Tuesday, winds veering to the W 10 knots or so, seas 5 feet. Possible gales by
Wednesday-Thursday with S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30, seas 5 feet building to 11 feet.
On the Beach… Cold, partly cloudy, light wind, surf 2-4 feet
12/08 Sun 10:24 AM 2.77 L
12/08 Sun 04:07 PM 7.56 H
12/08 Sun 10:37 PM 0.33 L
12/09 Mon 05:31 AM 8.45 H
In Short: Cold, increasing clouds, chance of light snow, warmer and wetter.