09 Dec 2013 – Newport, Oregon
Summary: Like the boring party guest who won’t leave, Jack Frost can’t seem to find the door. Eugene, the current coldest of Oregon’s major cities, ‘warmed up’ this morning to a balmy +3F after Sunday’s 7-below. Cold arctic air continued to dominate the Central Coast yesterday, even though the first small weather system moved through in the afternoon and evening. As predicted, no precipitation fell from the clouds and we made it through the day unscathed. Afternoon highs hit or slightly surpassed freezing, and this morning’s lows are in the low-to-mid 20s. Winds remained light easterlies. Following a clear stretch overnight, clouds are now working their way back in over us from the north.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 35F/21F
Forecast: The next 24-36 hours will be a tough call. As the second in a series of small low pressure systems skates over the cold air at the surface today, with ice and snow on the ground, we run the risk of a wintery mix. Mostly cloudy with possible light snow or freezing drizzle is forecast by tonight and early tomorrow. Today’s highs should be slightly warmer than yesterday with most areas on the Central Coast climbing above freezing. Tonight’s low right near freezing, or slightly above. East winds 10-15 knots are expected to continue. Outlook is for a slow warming trend and an eventual return to more typical December weather. Temperatures rising into the 40s, a southwest storm arriving on Thursday with rain and wind, and another one on Saturday.
Travel: There remains enough ice and snow on area roads for the Lincoln County School District to call a snow day today — no school. Motorists on Highways 18, 20 and 34 will face roadside snow, some in the travel lanes, icy spots and chilly temperatures. This morning, Alsea Summit on Highway 34 is 14F, with packed snow, and ODOT advises you to carry chains or use traction tires through that stretch. Cascade passes could see additional snowfall through the next couple of days.
Marine: Fairly benign conditions on the ocean today with SE winds to 10 knots, veering to SW this afternoon, seas 3-4′. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted today. Tonight W winds 10 knots, seas up slightly to 5′. Winds backing to SE 10 knots tomorrow and Wednesday, seas 4-5′. Outlook is for gales Thursday and again Saturday with S winds 25-30 knots gusting to 35, and seas building to 11 or 12 feet.
On the Beach… Cold, mostly cloudy, light wind, surf 4-5 feet
12/09 Mon 11:41 AM 2.42 L
12/09 Mon 05:24 PM 6.77 H
12/09 Mon 11:33 PM 1.15 L
12/10 Tue 06:24 AM 8.64 H
In Short: Cold, chance of wintery mix, gradual warming, then stormy.