Friday, Dec. 5th – Lincoln County
Summary: If you’da blinked, you’da missed it. The Sun tried most of yesterday to burn a hole in the overcast and finally succeeded for a fleeting moment just at sunset. Southerly winds blew 10-20 mph with a few gusts around 30 and the mercury rose into the upper 50s with Yachats nailing a 60F. Precipitation read like a National Weather Service rain manual; there was mist, drizzle, light rain, moderate rain and a couple shots of heavy rain. Overall totals were mostly around half an inch, though the Road’s End rain gauge in Lincoln City filled to double that. Overcast skies carried us through the evening and overnight with low temps spread between the mid-40s and mid-50s. It was cloudy at daybreak and winds were light out of the southeast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/44F/25mph/1.02”
Depoe Bay: 56F/47F/29mph/0.64”
Forecast: The front parade has begun and there doesn’t appear to be any major changes in the week ahead. A lull early today will give way to the next weather front bringing increasing rain by this afternoon, a light southerly breeze and high temps around 55F. Tonight, expect rain with a possible thunderstorm and windier as sou’westers spring up to 15-20 mph gusting 30 or so. And, albeit most likely hidden by overcast, the Full Cold Moon rises this evening (it’s actually full at 4:27am). This full Moon comes when the Winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. The Full Cold Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes. For tomorrow, look for showers and maybe some sunbreaks, highs about 55F. Outlook is for the next weather front to arrive sometime Sunday with rain likely and becoming breezy. Rain is expected with additional fronts parading through the Central Coast on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday followed by a short lull on Thursday. Temps remain seasonal at 45-55F through the extended period.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain, foggy, with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting rain, patchy fog and 45-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is rain, windy and temps hovering around 35F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice this morning, warming later with rain; the freezing level is at 7,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers in Northwest Oregon is for mainly wet pavement through Sunday night with a chance of snow on the Cascade highway passes Saturday and Saturday night as the snow level drops to 5,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 10”, no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/10”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/33”/Open, firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/8”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/11”/On hold
Timberline 2”/13”/Open, Bruno’s lift only
Marine: The breeze is SSE 10-15 knots with higher gusts offshore this morning and seas are 7-8 feet at 14 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30-35 today with steep 8 foot windwaves and a 5 foot swell. Tonight, the wind veers to SW 15-20 knots gusting 30 and a 5 foot swell with 7 foot windwaves, subsiding to 5 feet overnight; a chance of thunderstorms is in the mix, too. A lighter breeze is expected tomorrow, SW 10-20 knots, and a 5 foot swell with 5 foot chop on top. Outlook is for daily gales beginning Sunday as southerlies rise to 25-30 knots gusting 35, but near storm force gusts to 45 knots are possible on Sunday night; seas build to 10 feet. S winds 30-35 knots on Monday and Tuesday with combined very rough seas climbing to 20 feet or higher.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, some rain, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/05 Fri 10:37 AM 9.80 H
12/05 Fri 05:33 PM -1.10 L
12/06 Sat 12:13 AM 7.52 H
12/06 Sat 05:17 AM 3.09 L
In Short: Mainly overcast, intermittent rain, light winds, then wet and windy.