Saturday, Dec. 28th – Lincoln County
Summary: Like the Nutcracker with his broken jaw in the holiday classic, the weak weather front that came through yesterday found the current high pressure regime a pretty tough nut to crack. In percentage, it probably was mostly cloudy, but the thin clouds really struggled to keep any sunshine away from the Central Coast. Lincoln City got the most sun and warmest temperatures, Waldport the least and had the coolest high, while Newport was in between. Winds topped out at about 12 knots. By nightfall a short-lived overcast was complete. It cleared off again after midnight, but this morning we’re seeing some low clouds along with patchy fog and low temps in the mid-to-upper 30s.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 57F/39F
Forecast: Today we’ll be Springing back to what we’ve become accustomed to since ‘Winter’ during the first week of December. It should be mostly sunny with a high in the 50s and light northeast winds; a nice day to have your Christmas tree shredded by CLPUD at Atonement Lutheran in Newport, or for finding hidden glass floats on the beaches at Lincoln City. Tonight, patchy fog, a few clouds and a low in the upper 30s. Sunshine returns tomorrow, highs in the 50s, lows around 40F, light northeast winds. Outlook is for mostly cloudy conditions for the early part of next week as another weak front makes an attempt at busting the sun. Highs and lows in the 40s. There’s an outside chance of rain Monday night and Tuesday, but don’t hold your breath. Fair skies again for New Years Day before we slip into a possibly damper period late next week.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are right at freezing early today warming to 45F by this afternoon, with areas of freezing fog and possible icy spots tonight and tomorrow morning. Portland, Corvallis and other Willamette Valley locations will have areas of freezing fog, sometimes quite dense, all weekend. Cascade highway passes are clear and cold – Santiam at 20F, Government Camp at 29F. The freezing level lifts above them later today and holds there through Monday.
Marine: This morning, winds at Stonewall Bank are out of the N 15-20 knots, with seas at 10 feet. There are smaller seas and lighter winds closer to shore. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and for uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Out to 10 nautical miles today, expect N winds 5-10 knots, seas 8 feet, and patchy fog. Past 10 miles, N winds 15 knots gusting to 20 through tonight, seas 9-10 feet. Outlook is for all areas to see NNE winds 5-15 knots and seas around 8 feet into Monday before both winds and seas subside in the early part of the week. Patchy fog will be a possibility for the next several days.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light wind, surf 8-9 feet. Watch out for sneaker waves during the morning high tides this weekend.
12/28 Sat 07:55 AM 9.15 H
12/28 Sat 03:06 PM 0.39 L
12/28 Sat 09:38 PM 6.3 H
12/29 Sun 02:22 AM 3.44 L
In Short: Mostly sunny, becoming cloudy, then back to sunny.