Tuesday, Dec. 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: Slick floors in the grocery stores yesterday as soggy patrons came in to buy those once-a-year ingredients, though the fruitcake aisle was dry and essentially deserted. The rain arrived on schedule in the morning, with slightly under half an inch reported along the Central Coast. Southwest winds were 15-20 knots, with a peak gust of 24 knots at the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Highs climbed into the low-50s, following lows in the upper-30s. Just before sunset the clouds began to dissipate and foggy spots developed, the thickest at Newport, while the north and south ends of our area saw less. This morning, Jack was back and Frosty was with him. Though lows were above freezing, the high humidity and moisture left over from yesterday brought windshield scrapers out again.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 53F/38F/0.34”
Forecast: Santa may need Rudolph tonight to light the way in foggy areas, but they’ll be in the sunshine today as they prepare for their midnight flight. Clear and a high in the upper-40s this afternoon. Tonight, if you’re going to hear David Ogden Stiers read “A Christmas Carol” at the PAC in Newport, or maybe head to the Yachats Candlelight service, or other Christmas Eve services, expect patchy fog and cool temperatures, with a low about 35F and light north winds. Outlook is for a sunny and warm Christmas Day, high in the low-50s, low around 40F. Sunny days and cool nights with some fog through the week. Could even see it hit 55F by the weekend. Next chance of clouds and rain is about a week away.
Travel: There are icy spots on some local streets and Highway 101 this morning, so keep an eye peeled. Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are currently foggy and frosty, but warming to 45F and clearing as the day progresses. The rest of this holiday week, heads-up for icy spots and areas of fog at night, but overall daytime trips through the Coast Range to and from grandma’s house should be uneventful. Cascade passes are expected to be clear of ice by tonight. It’s actually going to be warmer up high than down in the valleys with the Cascade freezing level rising to 8,000 feet Christmas Day and to 10,000 feet by Thursday. If grandma lives in Portland, Corvallis or elsewhere in the Valley, plan to encounter areas of freezing fog and slick streets in some areas.
Marine: Winds have come around to the NE and lightened this morning to under 10 knots; seas are running right at 7 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Outlook for the rest of the week, conditions are expected to be fairly consistent with N winds 10-15 knots, occasionally gusting 20, seas 7-9 feet. Commercial crabbers won’t need work-lights during most daylight hours because there’ll be lots of sunshine along with warmer temperatures. Nights and mornings there could be reduced visibility at times in fog.
On the Beach… Sunny, patchy fog, light wind, surf 6-7 feet.
12/24 Tue 11:02 AM 3.2 L
12/24 Tue 04:27 PM 6.13 H
12/24 Tue 10:36 PM 1.86 L
12/25 Wed 05:35 AM 7.95 H
In Short: Mostly clear, warm days, cool nights, patchy fog.
White Christmas Countdown: Dec. 24th-25th — Eve, mostly clear, patchy fog, low 35F; Day, mostly sunny, high 50F. Here’s the original 10-day outlook for Christmas Eve/Day issued on December 14th: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain, high of 48F, low of 40F. Temps are about right, but sky cover and precipitation less optimistic than it’s turning out to be.