Saturday, Dec. 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: A warm front brought temperatures up to near Summer readings yesterday under mostly cloudy skies. Light east winds and mainly dry conditions held sway until just after dark when the rain returned accompanied by rising southwest winds gusting into the 30s. While the Full Cold Moon wasn’t visible during the evening, the clouds started breaking up around midnight allowing a few moonbreaks and the rain turned to showers. A couple of thunderstorms rolled through with at least two lightning strikes recorded near Gleneden Beach about 1:00am. Skies were partially clearing at daybreak and the southwest wind had fallen to 10-15 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/52F/30mph/0.74”
Depoe Bay: 59F/51F/30mph/0.48”
Forecast: For those decorating their vessels today for this evening’s Yaquina Bay Lighted Boat Parade, you should be able to string-up your lights without getting too wet. The chance of showers diminishes through the day, some partial clearing is on deck and southerly winds should be moderate and fading; high today about 55F. For viewing the Christmas boats tonight, a slight chance of showers with temps in the 40s and light winds. Tomorrow the lull between weather systems continues, though areas of fog may put a damper on any sunshine, especially early in the day. Outlook is for the next storm to come ashore Sunday night bringing more rain and moderate sou’westers. Additional, and more potent, storms are on track for the remainder of the workweek ahead.
Christmas Outlook… Yes, it’s a long way off. And, yes, long-range projections are notoriously marginal. But, it might be fun to track our typically slim chances of a white Christmas. Current weather modeling shows cooler conditions with showers; low on Christmas Eve 33F, high on Christmas Day 45F. So, just maybe.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers, breezy, with a high of 50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is showers, windy and temps of 35-40F. For the Cascades, there are spots of slushy ice this morning, windy with a chance of snow in the passes; the snow level is at 5,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers in Northwest Oregon is damp pavement with foggy conditions possible tonight through Sunday night; watch for patches of ice on the Cascade highways today and tonight. Carry chains or traction tires. NOTE: A new interactive travel map is available from the National Weather Service. Check out the continuously updated overview of Northwest Oregon road conditions, Real-Time Roads.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 7”, a loss of 3” since yesterday; no overall change during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/10”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 1”/32”/Open, fresh powder & firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/8”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/11”/On hold
Timberline 3”/10”/Open, Bruno’s lift only
Marine: It’s windier this morning than it has been for a while with a SSW breeze 20-25 knots and seas are steep, 8 feet at 8 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until noon. The stronger winds should be subsiding to S 15-20 knots by this afternoon but seas will remain choppy at around 7 feet. Tonight, S wind backing to SE 15-20 knots gusting 25 with a 7 foot swell at 13 seconds. The SE breeze continues tomorrow, but builds to 20-25 knots gusting 30 along with 7 foot steep seas. Outlook is for really snotty weather from Sunday night through Wednesday as southerlies ramp-up to 30-35 knots gusting to 40-45 at times. Combined rough and steep seas in the teens are expected Monday, with projections showing them increasing to 20-plus feet by Tuesday and remaining high most of the week.
On the Beach… Sunshine and clouds, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/06 Sat 11:17 AM 9.70 H
12/06 Sat 06:14 PM -1.17 L
12/07 Sun 12:57 AM 7.62 H
12/07 Sun 06:02 AM 3.24 L
In Short: Mixed sky, chance of showers, windy, a break, then stormy.