Thursday, Dec. 11th – Lincoln County
Summary: It was rainy and windy yesterday (duh) with a short break in both overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/50F/37mph/1.53”
Depoe Bay: 63F/49F/50mph/1.28”
Forecast: A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service in Portland for the Central Oregon Coast and Coast Range. This warning is in effect from 9:00am this morning through 7:00pm tonight. Today, southerly wind gusts of 70-75 mph, except 75-85 mph near beaches, headlands and in the higher terrain of the Coast Range.
* Timing: winds will rapidly increase late in the morning. The strongest winds are expected during the afternoon.
* Impacts: significant property damage may occur resulting in structural damage. Additionally, these winds will likely damage trees and result in power disruptions, and create travel issues for trucks, trailers and other high profile vehicles.
It’s not quite one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but the last in a series of four major storms unfolds today on the Central Coast with the strongest winds of the week expected, as outlined above. If there is an upside, it’s that rainfall should be much less with this storm, maybe a quarter inch or so. High temperatures will remain rather warm at 55-60F. The Fat Lady starts singing tonight as the breeze drops to southwest 20-25 mph gusting 40 and then fades further overnight to 10-15 mph. The thermometer settles to about 45F. Light winds are predicted for tomorrow, showers are likely and it’ll be a tad cooler with highs of 50-55F. Outlook is for partly sunny skies and light winds on Saturday, mostly cloudy but dry Sunday, rain likely again Monday with rain/showers all week; highs of 50F, lows of 45F through the period.
Christmas Eve/Day… Partial clearing, cool, low 34F, high 48F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, a High Wind Warning is in effect for gusts to 75 mph, rain, with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations also have a High Wind Warning in effect and are expecting gusts of 40-60 mph, rain and 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is rain with moderate east winds gusting 25-30 mph, temps around 50F. For the Cascades, rainy and windy with gusts to 70 mph this afternoon; the snow level is above the passes at 6,500 feet. Get up-to-the-minute NW Oregon travel conditions at Real-Time Roads.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 5”, 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”/4”/Closed Mt. Bachelor 2”/24”/Open, storm closure/hold possible Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/6”/Closed Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/8”/Closed Timberline 0”/6”/Open, Magic Mile & Palmer, weather permitting Marine: Winds are easterly 15-30 knots this morning and seas are rough, 12 feet at 13 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 36 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 28 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Storm Warning is in effect through this evening. S winds 25-35 knots gusting 40 this morning then rising to 35-40 knots gusting 55 through the afternoon; combined very rough seas building to 27-31 feet this afternoon. Tonight, SW wind 30-35 knots gusting 50 and combined seas 24-28 feet with breeze and seas subsiding by midnight. Tomorrow, it’ll be a different world as winds drop to W 5-10 knots and the swell subsides to 14 feet at 15 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 5-15 knots on Saturday and 11 foot swells. For Sunday and Monday, SE wind 15-25 knots, seas 10-15 feet with 5-6 foot windwaves.
On the Beach… Rainy, very windy, surf 25-30 feet (extreme).
* A High Surf Advisory is in effect until 10:00pm this evening. Seas offshore will build quickly late this morning and afternoon. The large waves will produce hazardous surf conditions, with breakers of 25 feet expected this afternoon and evening. The high surf will affect beaches, producing rip currents and localized erosion. Stay off of jetties, offshore rocks, rocky shores, sandy beaches and structures near the ocean. 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.
12/11 Thu 09:08 AM 3.66 L
12/11 Thu 02:41 PM 7.41 H
12/11 Thu 09:29 PM 0.58 L
12/12 Fri 04:29 AM 7.39 H
In Short: Rain, storm force winds, then light winds, drying and partial clearing.