Monday, Dec. 23rd – Lincoln County, OR
Summary: All the D’s for the first full day of Winter: drizzly, dark, damp and dreary. Highs yesterday peaked around 50F, little different from overnight lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Light winds, mostly under 12 knots from the west, and just enough rain to keep the ground wet. Holiday shoppers at the Lincoln City Farmers Market were no doubt glad to be indoors under the lights. The rain picked up a smidge this morning and the breeze is coming from the southwest, indicating a moderate change in conditions.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 52F/49F/0.06”
Forecast: One more blast before we get the all-clear signal tomorrow. A fast-moving front is headed our way with winds picking up a little, maybe 10-12 knots with gusts to 15, and rain increasing, possibly heavy at times. We could see half an inch before it turns to showers later today. High near 50F or a little above, tonight’s low down to 40F, light north winds. Outlook is for clearing skies, light north winds, highs in the low-50s, lows around 35F, and patchy night and morning fog through the week.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes to and from the Central Coast are in the mid-40s this morning, heading to 50F, so no problems locally for holiday travelers today. The Cascade highway passes, however, get dicey tonight with the freezing level dropping to 3,000 feet and an inch or two of snow possible on the pavement. Outlook is for clearing skies and lower nighttime temperatures beginning Tuesday in the Coast Range passes, but no snow. Icy spots and freezing fog will be an issue during the dark hours. Cascade passes should be above freezing and clear after tonight. One thing to be aware of is that Portland, Corvallis and other Valley locations are expecting lows in the upper 20s starting tomorrow night with areas of freezing fog and possibly icy streets for most of the week.
Marine: Winds are 10-15 knots out of the SW this morning, seas 7 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational boats 18′, and uninspected passenger boats. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A short-lived change is coming and a Small Craft Advisory has been issued for the SW wind to ramp-up to 15-20 knots gusting 25 through this afternoon, seas temporarily building to 10 feet, before dropping again to 8 feet. Then, there’s a Christmas present for the commercial crab fleet – benign conditions beginning tonight. Winds come around from the N 5-10 knots, gusting 15, seas holding at 8 feet. By tomorrow, seas down to 6 feet and winds NE 5-15 knots. Outlook is for northerlies 10-20 knots, seas 5-7 feet (possibly building to 10 feet over the weekend), and mostly clear skies with occasional patchy fog.
On the Beach… Rain, a little wind, surf 7-8 feet.
12/23 Mon 09:59 AM 3.47 L
12/23 Mon 03:25 PM 6.69 H
12/23 Mon 09:55 PM 1.3 L
12/24 Tue 04:53 AM 7.72 H
In Short: Rain, windy, clearing, warmer days, colder nights.
White Christmas Countdown: Dec. 24th-25th — Eve, mostly clear, patchy fog, low 35F; Day, mostly sunny, high 50F.