Wednesday, Dec. 18th – Newport, OR
Summary: Dirty Ridge. Not to be confused with a contemporary western, this type of weather involves weak high pressure that isn’t strong enough to keep minor fronts from moving in. That gives us an alternating pattern of sunny days and cloudy wet ones. So, while yesterday was pretty darned nice with lots of sunshine pushing through the increasing cloud cover, by early evening some areas of the Central Coast were already receiving light rain. Highs were around 50F, lows just below 40F, with a modest NE wind (that seemed to have a real bite to it late in the day). This morning, drizzle, fog and dead calm.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 50F/39F/0.07″
Forecast: May see a brief break in the precipitation until about midday when we face a 50-50 chance of showers. Cooler today, high 46F, and windier by this afternoon with northerlies 10-15 knots; higher gusts possible overnight. Low tonight in the mid-30s. Tomorrow, fog early, then partly cloudy skies, high in the low-40s, low in the mid-30s and light winds. Outlook is for the next system to penetrate the dirty ridge on Friday with showers turning to steady rain, high near 50F, low about the same, SW winds 10-15 knots. Showers through the weekend with temperatures in the 40s.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are okay this morning, 35F going to 40-45F. But the snow level drops to near the passes at 1,000 feet tonight, freezing fog is possible tomorrow. Colder, with a chance of light snow in the Coast to Valley highway passes tomorrow night. On Highway 101, expect 20 minute delays due to construction about 10 miles N of Florence until further notice. Cascade passes could see accumulating snow on and off through Friday.
Marine: The commercial crabbing fleet looks like a small town offshore at night with their work-lights blazing. They had a decent, though damp, night on the water. This morning, N winds are 10-12 knots, seas just under 7 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected vessels today. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Conditions are expected to deteriorate and Small Craft Advisories have been issued for both winds and seas through tomorrow morning. The breeze picks up to N 20-25 knots by noon, with seas building to 8 feet. Northerly gusts to 30 knots tonight, short-period seas rising to 10 feet. Tomorrow, winds veering to NE and lightening to 10-15 knots, seas falling to 7 feet. Outlook is for the next more potent system to arrive on Friday with SW winds to 25 knots, seas 8 feet. Over the weekend, westerlies 10-15 knots, seas 10-12 feet.
On the Beach… Cloudy, showers, breezy, surf 6-8 feet.
12/18 Wed 12:02 PM 8.91 H
12/18 Wed 07:01 PM -0.51 L
12/19 Thu 01:50 AM 7.37 H
12/19 Thu 06:51 AM 3.67 L
In Short: Showers, cooler, partly cloudy, then back to showers.
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