Wednesday, Dec. 3rd – Lincoln County
Summary: “You sure have nice weather here,” was a comment from a visitor yesterday during one of the sunbreaks that punctured the cloud deck. Of course, not only was that person in the sunshine, she was in a wind-sheltered area and didn’t get the brunt of the chilly east wind. Gusts in the 30s were common, with Newport and Yachats breaking the 40 mph mark. The mercury climbed into the upper-40s and low-50s; Waldport and Yachats were the warmest. During the evening, the waxing gibbous Moon valiantly struggled to pierce the overcast, which remained in place overnight and into this morning. Temps dipped into the low-40s. This is indeed the dark side of the calendar now as daylight drops to exactly 9 hours today and we’re still losing a little over a minute per day. The shortest daylight period this year will be 8:49:11 long on December 21st during the Winter Solstice.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 52F/43F/34mph
Depoe Bay: 49F/41F/31mph
Forecast: We’re slowly getting back to normal/seasonal as the chance of rain increases over the next few days and the east wind and cold air will be history (at least for a while). Today, the easterly breeze should be a bit lighter, say, 10-15 mph gusting to 20-25, it’ll be mostly cloudy with sunbreaks, a chance of rain late and high temps top out around 50F. Rain is likely tonight and tomorrow along with southerly winds 10-20 mph; lows near 45F and highs of 55F or so. Outlook is for an active and unsettled weather pattern. Rain on Friday and Friday night, Saturday could be mostly dry, maybe a few light showers, then a chance of rain returns Sunday with rain likely Monday and Tuesday. Highs of 55F, lows about 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice and a chance of freezing rain early, then cloudy with highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting overcast skies, a chance of rain and highs 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast includes patches of ice, a chance of freezing rain, cloudy, windy, temps 30-35F. For the Cascades, there are areas of ice and packed snow on the highways this morning, cloudy, a slight chance of rain, snow and freezing rain through the day; the freezing level is at 6,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 11”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 4” during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/10”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 2”/38”/Fresh powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 6”/10”/Closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/11”/On hold
Timberline 2”/16”/Bruno’s lift only
Marine: This morning, east winds are blowing 15-20 knots and seas are 5 feet at 8 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The gusty easterlies should be easing today to about 15 knots with swells rising slightly to 6 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, SE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas hover around 5 feet at 12 seconds. By tomorrow, winds will become S 10-15 knots gusting 20 and the swell builds to 7 feet. Outlook is for a front to arrive on Friday with southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 with choppy seas 5-6 feet. A light 10 knot SE breeze is expected on Saturday, with stronger southerlies developing on Sunday. Swells are projected to increase to 7-9 feet over the weekend.
On the Beach… Clouds and sunbreaks, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/03 Wed 09:11 AM 9.55 H
12/03 Wed 04:04 PM -0.34 L
12/03 Wed 10:32 PM 7.06 H
12/04 Thu 03:41 AM 2.68 L
In Short: Partial clearing, increasing clouds, windy, rain, then wetter and warmer.