Wednesday, Dec. 25th – Lincoln County
Summary: Santa Claus made his rounds along the Central Coast last night, his sleigh runners eased by a coating of rooftop frost. Sunny yesterday with highs around 50F, mostly clear overnight and temperatures hovering just above freezing, light north winds. The Last Quarter Moon and Jupiter were shining brightly this morning, and Frosty was on the front lawn.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 51F/36F
Forecast: A Mele Kalikimaka luau with roast pig and pineapple may be more appropriate today than the Cratchit family’s stuffed goose and plum pudding. The Central Coast could see the warmest temperatures in the state with highs in the low-50s and mostly sunny with some clouds around today. Almost Spring-like weather faces those attending the Operation Christmas Spirit Dinner in Lincoln City or one of a great number of Christmas services and dinners around Lincoln County today. Clear tonight, except for patchy fog, and a low near 38F. Light north winds to continue. Outlook is for basically clear, maybe a few clouds on Friday, some patchy fog and additional warming – highs in the low-50s, possibly reaching 55F by the weekend. Lows around 40F. On the horizon, a more typical December weather pattern may develop late next week with clouds and rain.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are foggy with ice in places again this morning, but warming to 45F to 50F later today. The remainder of this week, watch for icy spots and areas of fog at night, though during daylight hours, the Coast Range should be passable without problem. Cascade highway pass temperatures are warmer than down in the Willamette Valley with the freezing level lifting to about 9,000 feet today. Portland, Corvallis and elsewhere in the Valley are going to be foggy, with a changeover to freezing fog later in the week.
Marine: N winds are at 10 knots this morning with seas a little under 6 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Outlook from now through the weekend is consistent with N winds 10-15 knots, occasionally gusting 20, seas 6-7 feet, with a bump to 8-10 feet beginning Friday. Basically clear skies except for patchy fog.
On the Beach… Sunny, patchy fog, light wind, surf 4-6 feet.
12/25 Wed 12:09 PM 2.73 L
12/25 Wed 05:44 PM 5.72 H
12/25 Wed 11:23 PM 2.42 L
12/26 Thu 06:19 AM 8.27 H
In Short: Mostly clear, patchy fog, warm days, cool nights.