Monday, Dec. 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: A lot of folks took advantage of dry and sunny conditions yesterday to put up their outdoor Christmas lights. On the heels of a cold and frosty morning, the Sun slowly warmed us up into the 40s. East winds of 15-25 mph put a bit of a chill on the day and may have caused a smidge of worry as local Clark Griswolds mounted ladders to string-up the decorations. By evening it was apparent that most of them succeeded as multi-colored lights were visible all around the area. Scattered clouds moved in just before midnight, low temps dropped to the mid-30s and east winds went light. This morning, it was overcast and a little above freezing.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 43F/34F
Depoe Bay: 45F/30F
Forecast: While the Coast Range and Valley face freezing rain and ice early today, we’ll have regular old rain, maybe a quarter inch, light east winds and highs of 45-50F. Rain is likely tonight, too, but should be ending by morning; thermometers drop to about 40F. Look for some sunshine tomorrow, mixed with clouds, east winds of 10 mph and highs a little warmer at 50F or so. Outlook is for a chance of showers on Wednesday, showers likely Thursday, and rain likely again late Friday. The weekend looks wet. Temperatures are forecast to be seasonal at 45-55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, freezing rain and icy conditions this morning (read the Travel Warning), warming with rain this afternoon, high 40-45F. Valley destinations are expecting freezing rain early (read the Travel Warning) then rain and highs of 40-45F. Today’s Columbia River Gorge forecast includes a chance of rain, freezing rain and snow, windy, high temps near 35F. For the Cascades, rain and snow with 1-3” of accumulation possible on the highways; the snow level is at 4,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 12”, a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 1” during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 2”/6”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/27”/Open, all lifts, groomed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 6”/10”/Closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/11”/Open, Buttercup lift only
Timberline 0”/15”/Open, Bruno’s and Pucci lifts only
Marine: For this morning’s opening of the commercial crab season, winds are ENE 10-15 knots and seas are 5 feet at 7 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Winds are expected to stay about 10-15 knots out of the NE today with seas 4 feet at 8 seconds. An increasing NE breeze is projected for tonight, 15-20 knots after midnight, but seas lengthen to 4 feet at 12 seconds. For tomorrow, NE winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 with 3 foot swells and a 3 foot chop on top. Outlook is for E winds on Wednesday, 10-15 knots gusting 20, and seas around 5 feet. Southerlies 15-25 knots arrive with a front Thursday into Friday; seas build to 7 feet.
On the Beach… Rainy, cool, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/01 Mon 07:37 AM 8.85 H
12/01 Mon 02:16 PM 1.16 L
12/01 Mon 08:20 PM 6.53 H
12/02 Tue 01:52 AM 1.98 L
In Short: Rain, light winds, partial clearing, then more rain.