Thursday, Dec. 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: There was a final blast of blustery east winds yesterday which blew 10-25 mph until around dinnertime when they began to fade. Some sunbreaks during the day kept outdoor activities relatively pleasant and high temps were in the 50s; Waldport flirted with 60F. The first drops of rain fell in the evening and by midnight some serious precipitation was flowing. Lots of rain overnight, between a half and nearly an inch was recorded; Depoe Bay had the most. The mercury dipped into the 40s. At daybreak, the rain continued and winds were light southeast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/43F/0.48”
Depoe Bay: 55F/42F/0.94”
Forecast: We’re in for a stretch of the three double-yous – wet, windy and warm. With only short breaks, it appears rain is likely from now on. More is in store today, maybe a quarter inch, along with south winds 10-15 mph gusting 20 and highs about 55F. Tonight, look for another quarter inch of rain and lows of 50F. Tomorrow, expect rain with southerlies 10-15 mph; highs again near 55F. Outlook is for some quick drying on Saturday, back to a 50-50 chance of rain Sunday, and then a progressive pattern of storms arriving every 36 hours or so all week. It will gradually become windier, too. Temps stay seasonal at 45F-55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain, breezy, with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting rain and 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast includes a Freezing Rain Advisory with icy conditions, windy and temps hovering near freezing. For the Cascades, a Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect for the passes and the western slopes from about Sweet Home and Detroit eastward. Mountain highways are extremely icy this morning and will be for much of the day; the freezing level is at 6,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 10”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 3” during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/10”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 1”/38”/Fresh powder and wet packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 6”/10”/Closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/11”/On hold
Timberline 2”/16”/Bruno’s lift only
Marine: Winds are ESE 10-15 knots this morning with seas 5 feet at 8 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect for all local waters through late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect beyond 10 miles offshore from 9:00am through late tonight. S winds today 15-20 knots gusting to 25 with a swell around 5 feet but windwaves building to 7 feet, especially farther offshore. Tonight, expect southerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 and combined choppy seas 6-7 feet. Gusty SE wind tomorrow, 10-25 knots, and seas 5 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for lighter S winds Saturday and Sunday, 10-15 knots with swells 6 feet. It looks like a stormy period ahead as subsequent systems continue to appear stronger, seas push well into the mid-teens or higher and periods of solid gale force winds will be possible for the beginning to middle of next week.
On the Beach… Rainy, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
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12/04 Thu 09:55 AM 9.75 H
12/04 Thu 04:50 PM -0.83 L
12/04 Thu 11:25 PM 7.33 H
12/05 Fri 04:30 AM 2.91 L
In Short: Rain, moderate winds, then wet, windy and warm.