Friday, December 13, 2013 – Newport, Oregon
Summary: It was a game of Beat the Clock, and we won. The temperature hit 45F just as the rain arrived at noon, right on schedule, so the Central Coast saw no freezing rain, sleet or snow. Along with the rising temps, the rain and wind increased through the afternoon as well. We had right at half an inch of rain. Southwest winds hit 20 to 25 knots, with a peak gust of 32 recorded at the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Overnight the steady rain turned to showers and the winds have died down to 10 knots or so this morning.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 51F/37F/0.54″
Forecast: Expect to see showers continue through most of today. High near 50F and tonight’s low around 40F, maybe slightly lower but well above freezing. Light winds. Should see some sunshine tomorrow after some morning fog, highs in the upper 40s, lows in the low 40s. The storm system that earlier appeared headed our way for Saturday night is now tracking north into Canada, but it’ll still graze us with a chance for short periods of light rain into Sunday morning. Outlook is for a dry early part of the week, certainly some sunshine with a few clouds around, light winds and temps in the 40s. Next concern is a weather system approaching for more rain by mid-week.
Travel: Much improved conditions. The truck crash that closed Highway 20 west of Eddyville last night has been cleared and the road reopened. For today, we see pass temperatures on Highways 18, 20 and 34 just at freezing or slightly above, but warming. There is standing water on Highway 34 at Alsea Mountain summit this morning, which is causing some slight delays. The Valley has warmed up well above freezing so the trip you’ve been putting off should be a ‘go’ today. Weekend travel will be basically unimpeded with wet pavement, but possibly foggy at times. Cascade passes could see light snow through tonight, before the freezing level jumps up to 8,000 feet by tomorrow.
Marine: As the commercial crab fleet heads out today to drop their pots in advance of the opening of the season on Monday, they’ll encounter S winds 10-15 knots, easing through the day, and seas 8 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted to vessels 24 feet and less this morning. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Tomorrow, there’s a chance of reduced visibility in patchy fog, SE wind 5 knots, seas 6 feet. Saturday night, we still expect to see winds bump up to S 10-15 knots with gusts to 25, seas 4 feet. Sunday, S winds down to 5-10 knots, but seas building quickly to 11 feet. On opening day, Monday, it looks like a good one with a NE breeze just 5-10 knots, though seas running near 12 feet. Those should be subsiding by Tuesday.
On the Beach… Showers, light winds, surf 8 feet, building over the weekend
12/13 Fri 08:51 AM 9.14 H
12/13 Fri 03:53 PM 0.11 L
12/13 Fri 10:27 PM 6.61 H
12/14 Sat 03:21 AM 3.32 L
In Short: Showers, fog, some sun, then drying out.