Thursday, Dec. 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: Too bad we can’t bottle-up nice weather and save it for a rainy day. With most people inside on Christmas Day, a lot of the sunshine went to waste. And, it was again fairly warm with highs topping out at 50F along the entire Central Coast. Morning lows were in the mid-30s, and northeast winds ran about 10 knots through the day. This morning, the breeze is up slightly, which prevented heavy frost in most areas as temperatures dipped to the mid-30s. Skies are clear, except for some patchy fog.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 50F/37F
Forecast: Mostly blue skies are on tap today for Backing Day… you know, back to work, back home, or back to the store to exchange ill-fitting clothing and other mis-guessed gifts. Our high should be around 50F again, but a little more of that northeast wind, say 10-15 knots, will make it feel a tad colder. Tonight’s low about 40F, with patchy fog; Friday’s high 50F. It looks like a weak weather system may make it across the Central Coast tomorrow with more clouds and a low chance of some light rain showers. Outlook is for that situation to continue tomorrow night, with temperatures bottoming out in the upper-30s. Saturday and Sunday are forecast to be mostly sunny and even warmer with highs approaching 55F, lows around 40F. Another weak system may transit the area on Tuesday.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes have areas of freezing fog early today. So postponing your trip over the Coast Range until late morning would be safer as temperatures are forecast to rise to near 50F by this afternoon before falling again tonight. Very slight chance of snow showers tomorrow night. Portland, Corvallis and other Valley destinations have areas of freezing fog forecast for most of the next week, with limited visibilities and possibly icy streets at night. Cascade highway passes are frosty in some locations this morning, but the freezing level is headed up to 9,000 feet today and tonight (it’s already 42F at Santiam Pass as of daybreak). There’s a minimal chance of a few snow showers tomorrow night.
Marine: Seas are less than 7 feet this morning and winds are about 10 knots out of the NE. That situation should hold for today. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Expect to see a minor change tonight with winds veering to SE and then to SW by tomorrow, rising to 10-15 knots, seas 6 feet early but building to near 10 feet late in the day. Outlook is for a return to northerly winds Friday night through Saturday, gusts to 20 knots Saturday night, and seas remaining about 10 feet or slightly above. Sunday and Monday, NNE breeze 5-15 knots, seas subsiding to 7-9 feet.
On the Beach… Partly cloudy, patchy fog, chilly east wind, surf 6 feet. Winter Whale Watch Week begins today and runs through New Years Eve at many Central Coast locations including The Inn at Spanish Head in Lincoln City, Boiler Bay, Depoe Bay, Cape Foulweather, Yaquina Head and Newport at Don Davis Park.
12/26 Thu 01:14 PM 2.07 L
12/26 Thu 07:10 PM 5.62 H
12/27 Fri 12:18 AM 2.91 L
12/27 Fri 07:06 AM 8.68 H
In Short: Mostly clear, patchy fog, slight chance of rain, clear again.