Tuesday, Dec. 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: You could just feel it coming yesterday; the day began in the calm before the storm. Light winds, overcast skies and Summer-like temperatures in the 60s were the prelude to the first in a series of strong weather systems. Not much rain, but winds ramped-up during the afternoon and blew through the evening and overnight at 30-35 mph with higher gusts. Yachats had a gust of 47 mph, Newport airport recorded 46; the breeze hit 49 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge and 68 mph on Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range east of Newport. This morning, the wind had briefly subsided to 15-25 mph gusting 30, it was raining and temps stayed warm in the 50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 63F/58F/35mph/0.09”
Depoe Bay: 64F/56F/33mph/0.06”
Forecast: A High Wind Warning remains in effect until noon today, when winds are expected to subside, but…
* Winds: south winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph. Local wind gusts up to 75 mph are possible.
* Locations include: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats.
* Impacts: the winds may produce local wind damage that might lead to power disruptions. The winds will also likely cause travel problems for trucks, trailers and other high profile vehicles.
* Precautionary/preparedness actions: 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.
So, it looks like we’ll go into a bit of a lull after another quick blast of wind this morning. Rain is on the increase and we could see up to three-quarters of an inch today; the thermometer remains warm as highs reach 60F. Tonight, the wind rebuilds to 25-30 mph gusting 40 with rain and lows around 55F. The strongest part of this next storm is expected tomorrow when the breeze rises to 40-50 mph gusting as high as 65-75 and the rain becomes heavy with 1-2 inches projected. Outlook is for a third storm on Thursday; how powerful it becomes is still a matter of conjecture. Showers are likely on Friday before a windy but possibly dry weekend.
Christmas Eve/Day… Colder, a few showers, low 33F, high 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain, chance of thunderstorms, windy with highs of 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain, possible thunderstorms and 60F. Columbia River Gorge conditions look rainy with temps of 50-55F. For the Cascades, rainy and windy; the snow level is well above the passes at 8,000 feet. Get up-to-the-minute NW Oregon travel conditions at Real-Time Roads.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 7”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 5” during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/<1”/Closed Willamette Pass 0”/8”/Closed Mt. Bachelor 0”/29”/Open, wide variety of snow surfaces Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/6”/Closed Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/8”/Closed Timberline 0”/12”/Weather permitting, Bruno’s, Magic Mile & Palmer lifts Marine: Very rough seas this morning, 17-20 feet at 12 seconds, and the wind is S 20-25 knots gusting 30-40 offshore. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Storm Warning remains in effect until noon today. A Storm Watch is in effect from this evening through tomorrow morning. S winds easing to 30-35 knots this afternoon with combined seas 20-24 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, the next and more powerful storm in the series comes into local waters packing southerlies 35-45 knots gusting to 55 and extremely rough combined seas rising to 27 feet at 16 seconds. Outlook is for SW winds 30-40 knots gusting 50 on Thursday with combined steep seas 24 feet. The breeze finally eases on Friday to SW 5-10 knots and seas subside to 13 feet. Saturday, southerlies 20-25 knots and 12 foot seas.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 20 feet (very high).
* A High Surf Advisory is in effect through 4:00pm today. Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. 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.
12/09 Tue 07:30 AM 3.50 L
12/09 Tue 01:16 PM 8.61 H
12/09 Tue 08:11 PM -0.41 L
12/10 Wed 03:03 AM 7.49 H
In Short: Rain, very windy, then continued stormy.