Tuesday, December 10th – Newport, Oregon
Summary: Whodathunk we’d be referring to temperatures in the upper 30s as ‘warming up?’ That was the case yesterday under mostly cloudy skies and light winds. Though morning lows were in the mid-20s, we finally broke freezing around noon and got some thawing. The sticky snow remaining on the ground made excellent snowmen, and a lot more green is reappearing in area yards. Overnight the cloud cover stayed with us and low temperatures this morning were struggling to drop to freezing with Lincoln City at 37F, Newport 33F and Yachats the coldest at 31F
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 39F/29F
Forecast: The regime change has begun and we can expect slowly moderating temperatures to continue. There is an outside chance that the Central Coast could see some light snow or freezing rain today, but the southern end of a Winter Weather Advisory is north of Lincoln City; and the advisory expires at 10:00am. Today’s highs should top 40F, and we will probably remain well above freezing overnight. Mostly cloudy conditions today and tonight are forecast to give way to some sunshine tomorrow. Winds light from the east. Outlook is for a warmer and much wetter Thursday, along with a decent shot of southwest wind. Possibly some rain on Friday, and the next storm system after that is projected to arrive on the Central Coast Saturday.
Travel: Area roads have freed-up enough that Lincoln County schools are back open today, though Lincoln City is on snow routes. Motorists venturing over the Coast Range on Highways 18, 20 and 34 will find areas of packed snow, icy spots (especially in stretches that have been shaded from the sun), and a chance for freezing fog the next couple of days. Travel to Portland, Eugene and Corvallis could be a serious problem once you get there with freezing rain in the forecast for those locations on and off through Thursday. Carry chains or traction tires on all Cascade and Coast Range passes.
Marine: Fairly flat this morning. For today it looks like NW winds to 10 knots or so, seas 4 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are currently unrestricted. Variable wind 10 knots or less tonight and tomorrow with seas remaining about 4 feet. The situation begins changing on Wednesday night when the SE breeze comes up to 10-15 knots. Thursday a fairly potent storm is predicted with SE winds veering to S and rising to gale force, 20-25 knots gusting 35, and seas building to 12 feet. Friday and Saturday, SSW winds 10-15 knots, seas subsiding to 7-9 feet.
On the Beach… Cool, mostly cloudy, light wind, surf 3-4 feet
12/10 Tue 12:57 PM 1.88 L
12/10 Tue 06:49 PM 6.29 H
12/11 Wed 12:31 AM 1.9 L
12/11 Wed 07:16 AM 8.83 H
In Short: Mostly cloudy, slow warming, then stormy.