Tuesday, Dec. 2nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Though much of Western Oregon was dealing with areas of freezing rain yesterday, the Central Coast dodged the bullet. In fact, we also ducked most of the projected rainfall and even had a few cheery sunbreaks. High temps were 45-50F. East winds blew 10-15 mph most of the day and precipitation amounts were generally light. Scattered clouds took us through the evening and overnight with lows dipping into the upper-30s and low-40s. This morning, the east wind was stronger, gusting to near 30 mph, and skies were mostly cloudy.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 48F/38F/<0.01” Depoe Bay: 48F/38F/<0.01” Newport: 45F/36F/<0.01” Waldport: 51F/43F/0.01” Yachats: 50F/43F/0.01” Forecast: For the first time in quite a while, the ‘Threat Board’ is clear. There are no watches, warnings or advisories in place for our area, land or sea, in either the near-term or long-range forecasts. Today, look for mostly cloudy skies, some sunbreaks, east winds 15-25 mph gusting 30 or so, and the mercury rising to about 50F. There’s a slight chance of rain tonight and tomorrow with lows of 40F and highs again of 50F. Outlook is for rain likely Wednesday night through Friday night and then a chance of rain/showers for the weekend. Expect seasonal thermometer readings of 45-55F.
Travel: Highway 101 south of Port Orford will have 20-minute daytime delays today through Friday as ODOT crews perform rock-scaling work near Humbug Mountain. In the Coast Range today, spots of ice early, mostly cloudy with highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny skies and highs around 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast includes patches of ice, partly sunny, very windy with easterly gusts of 50-60 mph, high temps 30-35F. For the Cascades, there are areas of ice on the highways this morning, partly sunny; the freezing level is at 8,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 12”, no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/4”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 15”/37”/Wet packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 6”/10”/Closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/11”/Buttercup lift and Jib Park
Timberline 2”/16”/Bruno’s and Pucci lifts
Marine: Reasonable seas and breeze this morning, ENE winds 10-15 knots with a 5 foot swell at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Expect NE winds today and tonight 10-15 knots gusting 20, possibly to 25 knots out past 10 miles, and swells of 3 feet mixed with 4 foot windwaves. Tomorrow, the breeze stays easterly 10-15 knots with seas around 6 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for southerly weather Thursday through Saturday; winds 10-20 knots and seas 7-8 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, breezy, 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.
12/02 Tue 08:25 AM 9.24 H
12/02 Tue 03:13 PM 0.35 L
12/02 Tue 09:31 PM 6.76 H
12/03 Wed 02:48 AM 2.37 L
In Short: Clouds and partial clearing, windy, then wet and unsettled.