Saturday, Dec. 13th – Lincoln County
Summary: What showers did develop yesterday were rather intense, but they were few and far between. A mixed sky with some decent extended sunny periods and light east winds, along with highs in the mid-50s, teamed-up to provide a nice break from the stormy weather. Scattered clouds continued through the evening and overnight; a handful of lingering showers dappled the Central Coast after midnight. The mercury fell to near 40F in some areas with Newport dipping slightly below just before sunrise. At daybreak, it was mostly cloudy with a light east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/45F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 54F/43F/0.18”
Forecast: On this 12-13-14 date, there’s still a chance of showers early in the day, but some sunshine is in the cards, too, with highs around 50F and a smidge of east wind. For the lighted-dog bridge walk in Waldport this evening, partly cloudy, dry, east winds of 10 mph and lows of 45F. Tomorrow looks sunny early, but increasing clouds with a chance of rain by late afternoon; the thermometer rises to 50-55F. Outlook is for rain Sunday night, a 50-50 chance of rain Monday, rain likely Tuesday, and then rain and showers during the week (but no big storms looming). Temperatures throughout the extended period will be seasonal between 45F and 55F.
Christmas Eve/Day… Cloudy, chance of rain, low 36F, high 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice this morning, then partly sunny with highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog early, partly sunny and 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is partly sunny, light wind, temps around 45F. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow at Santiam and Willamette Passes, and spots of ice at Government Camp, chance of snow showers; the snow level is below the passes at 3,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed sky and mixed wet/dry pavement at the lower elevations through tomorrow, rain Sunday night; east windy in the Gorge, possible icy spots; look for icy areas on the Cascade highways with the freezing level 3,500 to 4,500 feet tonight and tomorrow, and 3,000 feet with a chance of snow Sunday night.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 3”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 7” during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 2”/4”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/25”/Open, packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/2”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/8”/Closed
Timberline 4”/11”/Open, Bruno & Palmer
Marine: Variable winds around 10 knots this morning but seas are still square and choppy, 9 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect until 11:00am this morning. By this afternoon, seas should fall to around 8 feet and lengthen to 14 seconds with SE winds 10 knots or so. Tonight, E wind 10-15 knots, seas 7 feet at 13 seconds. A little stronger E breeze is expected tomorrow, 10-15 knots gusting 20; the swell should be down to around 6 feet with 4 foot windwaves. Outlook is for mainly easterlies 10-20 knots along with swells of 9-11 feet Monday through Wednesday.
On the Beach… Showers early, sunny periods, light breeze, surf 9-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/13 Sat 11:11 AM 3.47 L
12/13 Sat 04:31 PM 6.16 H
12/13 Sat 10:54 PM 1.70 L
12/14 Sun 05:58 AM 7.55 H
In Short: Waning showers, mixed sky, light winds, then unsettled.