Thursday, Dec. 19th – Newport, OR
Summary: Jack Frost sneaked in the back door overnight, stepping on the thermometer and squashing it down a couple of degrees below predictions. That, along with high humidity and leftover moisture on the roads from yesterday’s rain, gave us this morning’s black ice and frosty windshields. About every kind of weather hit the Central Coast in the past 24 hours, which started with light rain, went to partly sunny, followed by showers and then clearing. Area highs topped out near 50F, with the lows just at freezing or slightly below. Winds remained light.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 49/32F/0.06″
Forecast: A Special Weather Statement for black ice is still in effect, with no specific expiration time today. But after sunrise, temperatures will begin rising to a high around 45F. Light winds and mostly sunny skies most of the day. Another storm system is approaching so we should see increasing clouds by late this afternoon, and rain developing overnight, low about 34F. There’s the wrinkle… depending on exactly when the precipitation arrives and how far the mercury drops, there’s an outside chance of a wintery mix, i.e., snow, sleet or freezing rain tomorrow morning. Outlook is for warming to 50F on Friday, lots of rain, an inch or so, and blustery conditions with winds rising to 15-20 knots. Rain turning to showers over the weekend, drying by mid-week, highs in the upper 40s to over 50F, lows in the mid-to-lower 40s.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are cold (mid-20s) and icy this morning. As the day progresses, it is expected to warm to about 40F — however, for much of the day be cautious of shady spots which may remain below freezing and icy. Snow is forecast in the Coast to Valley highway passes late tonight into tomorrow with accumulations up to an inch on the pavement. Snow is also likely tonight in Corvallis, lasting through tomorrow morning. Cascade passes are expecting 4-8 inches of snow before it warms up and turns to rain Friday night.
Marine: N winds this morning are still up around 20 knots with steep seas 10 feet at 10 seconds. The breeze is expected to fade through the day and the seas subside to 7 feet or so. There’s a Small Craft Advisory for winds in effect until 10:00am, and for seas until noon. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A brief break in the rough conditions is expected from this afternoon until midnight when a front arrives bringing SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30, and seas hovering around 6 feet. Outlook is that by tomorrow, the wind veers to W and drops by afternoon before building again Friday night to 25 knots. Saturday, NW wind 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas building to 10 feet or higher. Light westerlies Sunday and Monday with seas 7-9 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, cool, light wind, surf 8 feet and dropping.
12/19 Thu 12:38 PM 8.64 H
12/19 Thu 07:35 PM -0.33 L
12/20 Fri 02:25 AM 7.4 H
12/20 Fri 07:32 AM 3.67 L
In Short: Cool, sunny, then rain and wind, showers.
White Christmas Countdown: Dec. 24th-25th — Partly sunny, chance of rain, high 48F, low 36F.