Wednesday, Dec. 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: As storms go, yesterday’s wasn’t the worst we’ve seen, but the stats show a decent blow and rainfall amounts between half an inch and nearly an inch. The strongest wind gust recorded in the region was 89 mph on Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range east of Newport. The southerly breeze peeled back a little in the evening, but gusts of 20-30 mph were still common overnight. Warm air associated with this storm kept the mercury in the upper-50s and low-60s. Many Northwest Oregon communities (outside the Central Coast) had record warm low temperatures early today. At daybreak, it was overcast, spittin’ a little rain, and wind gusts were back up around 25-35 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/58F/44mph/0.79”
Depoe Bay: 62F/57F/38mph/0.80”
Forecast: A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 2:00pm this afternoon. The National Weather Service has also issued a High Wind Watch for late tonight through Thursday evening. Winds for Central Coast communities, southerly with gusts of 55-65 mph today. For beaches and headlands, southerly wind gusts of 65-75 mph. For Thursday, gusts to 80 mph appear possible, particularly on beaches and headlands.
* Timing: the strongest winds in the first round will likely occur between 9:00am and 2:00pm today. A second round of high winds will likely occur during the day on Thursday.
* Locations include: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats and all Central Coast beaches and headlands.
* Impacts: these winds may produce minor damage to structures and cause power disruptions. The winds will also likely cause travel problems for trucks, trailers and other high profile vehicles.
With the first two storms in this week’s series under our belt, it’s time to face the next two, one today and another tomorrow. There could be higher rainfall during today’s weather event, an inch or two, and possibly some thunderstorms along with the strong winds. Things should settle down a bit tonight with a decreasing breeze and maybe a half inch of rain. Tomorrow’s winds, as noted in the warning above, might be the strongest of the series, but less precipitation is expected. Highs around 60F and lows of 50-55F through Thursday. Outlook is for light at the end of tunnel as we’re down to showers on Friday, and then dry with partial clearing and cooler temperatures for the weekend.
Christmas Eve/Day… Showers, partial clearing, low 38F, high 48F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, a High Wind Warning is in effect for gusts to 60 mph, rain, chance of thunderstorms, with highs of 55-60F. Valley destinations have a High Wind Watch in effect and are expecting rain, possible thunderstorms and 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is rain with light east winds, temps around 45F. For the Cascades, rainy and windy; the snow level is above the passes at 7,000 feet. Get up-to-the-minute NW Oregon travel conditions at Real-Time Roads.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 6”, 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”/27”/Open, wet packed Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/6”/Closed Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/8”/Closed Timberline 0”/12”/Open, Magic Mile & Palmer lifts Marine: Winds are S 35-40 knots offshore this morning with a lighter breeze inshore, S 15-25 knots. Seas are extremely rough, 20 feet at 10 seconds. 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 through noon today. A Storm Watch goes into effect from late tonight through Thursday evening. Southerlies increasing today to 40-45 knots gusting to 55 and combined seas rising to 26 feet at 16 seconds. Tonight, the breeze eases to S 25-30 knots gusting 40 with seas subsiding to 19 feet. Another big blow is projected for tomorrow as SE winds ramp-up to 35-45 knots gusting to 60 and seas rebuild to 24 feet at 14 seconds. It’s nearly over on Friday; winds drop dramatically to SW 5-10 knots but subsiding seas will remain rough, 14 feet at 15 seconds. Saturday and Sunday, look for southerlies 15-25 knots and seas about 12 feet.
On the Beach… Rain, very windy, surf 20-30 feet (extreme).
* A High Surf Advisory is in effect until noon today, then again from 4:00am to 10:00pm tomorrow. Southwest to west swells will increase again this morning with combined seas around 25 feet and periods of 14-15 seconds. Seas will subside below 20 feet by early this evening but quickly build again to around 25 feet tomorrow morning. Swells of this magnitude will produce hazardous surf conditions with breakers in excess of 25 feet. There will be isolated waves of much higher magnitude. High surf will affect beaches on the Central Coast, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion. Stay off of jetties, offshore rocks, rocky shores and sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
12/10 Wed 08:17 AM 3.60 L
12/10 Wed 01:57 PM 8.04 H
12/10 Wed 08:50 PM 0.06 L
12/11 Thu 03:46 AM 7.42 H
In Short: Rain, strong winds, stormy, then drying and clearing.