Monday, Dec. 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: Ho-hum yesterday with a mixed sky, dry, warm and light southerlies.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/49F
Depoe Bay: 60F/50F
Forecast: The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch for this evening through Tuesday morning near beaches and headlands for the South Washington Coast as well as the North and Central Oregon Coast.
* Timing: tonight until about noon on Tuesday.
* Locations include: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats.
* Impacts: the winds may produce local wind damage that might lead to local power disruptions. The winds will also likely cause travel problems for trucks, trailers and other high profile vehicles.
A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
The Special Weather Statement also remains in effect for a wet and very windy week ahead for the Central Coast and Coast Range. A series of increasingly strong Pacific frontal systems will likely bring periods of strong southerly winds and potentially heavy rain to our area this week. The strongest winds will initially be confined to the beaches and headlands along with the higher terrain of the Coast Range late today and tonight. Winds will likely increase tomorrow for the coastal communities as well, as the first in a series of strong frontal systems moves onshore.
So, that’s the overall picture. Specifically for the Central Coast, it looks like the breeze begins benign but builds by blowing late this afternoon, tonight and tomorrow out of the southeast at 30-35 mph gusting 50. High temps around 60F, lows of 55F and rain developing with about an inch through tomorrow. Outlook is for even stronger winds and heavy rain, 1-2 inches possible, on Wednesday, showers Thursday and Friday, but maybe a dry weekend ahead.
Christmas Eve/Day… Cool, showers, low 33F, high 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, foggy early, chance of rain, becoming windy with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog, mostly cloudy skies and 50-55F. Columbia River Gorge conditions should be cloudy and windy with temps around 45-50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice this morning, then windy and cloudy; the snow level is at 6,500 feet. Get up-to-date NW Oregon travel conditions 24/7 – Real-Time Roads.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 8”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 4” during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/10”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/29”/Open, firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/6”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/9”/On hold
Timberline 0”/13”/Open, Bruno’s, Magic Mile & Palmer lifts
Marine: Alright crabbers, heads-up, very stormy weather is headed this way. The breeze is already rising offshore this morning, SSE 15-20 knots, and seas are square, 10 feet at 10 seconds. Lighter conditions exist near shore. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Gale Warning is in effect through this afternoon. A Storm Watch goes into effect for this evening until tomorrow morning. S winds early today 20-25 knots rising to 30-35 knots gusting to 45 knots by this afternoon and to 35-40 knots gusting 50 tonight into tomorrow. Combined extremely rough seas build to 20 feet today and to 25-30 feet tonight and tomorrow. Outlook is for another barnburner on Wednesday with even stronger winds possible, southerly 40-50 knots gusting to 60, combined seas 30 feet. The breeze eases by Wednesday night to SW 15-20 gusting 30 and seas fall to 20-25 feet. Thursday and Friday, SW winds veering to W 10-20 knots and seas subsiding slowly from 17 to 14 feet.
On the Beach… Cloudy, chance of rain, breezy, surf 7-15 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches today. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during this afternoon’s high tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
12/08 Mon 12:36 PM 9.09 H
12/08 Mon 07:33 PM -0.79 L
12/09 Tue 02:22 AM 7.57 H
12/09 Tue 07:30 AM 3.50 L
In Short: Overcast, becoming very windy, then continued stormy.