Sunday, Dec. 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: All in all, yesterday was beachin’ with some scattered clouds but mostly sunny skies after a light rain shower or two early in the morning and the mercury climbed into the mid-50s. The beginning of a change appeared on schedule right after sunset when an east wind sprang up, light at first but rising through the evening and overnight to 15-20 mph gusting 25 early today. Reaching its Last Quarter at 4:51am this morning, a haloed Moon portended the transformation to wetter weather. At daybreak, blustery east winds produced windchills into the mid-30s and a few clouds were visible off to the west.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/42F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 55F/42F/0.01”
Forecast: A weather system trying to come in from the west is running smack dab into a dry, offshore east wind flow. It’ll be a struggle, but it does appear we’ll see increasing clouds for today’s Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count in Lincoln City; east winds gusting to 25 mph and high temps of 50-55F. Tonight, west pushes east back a little more and we’re up to a 50-50 chance of some light rain and lows about 45F. The workweek begins tomorrow with rain likely, east winds continuing to put up a fight at 10-15 mph gusting 20 or so, and a tad cooler as the thermometer tops out at 50F. Outlook is for rain Tuesday and Wednesday, a chance of rain Thursday, rain likely again Friday, and maybe some drying by Saturday. Seasonal temps of 45F-55F are expected through the extended period.
Christmas Eve/Day… Mixed sky, chance of rain, low 37F high 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice are possible, patchy fog, increasing clouds with highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog early, partly sunny and 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is increasing clouds, east winds 15-20 mph gusting 25-35, temps of 40-45F. For the Cascades, there are icy patches on all highways today, partly cloudy; the freezing level is at 4,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed sky and mainly dry pavement at the lower elevations through tonight, except the Gorge where a wintery mix of ice and snow is possible late tonight; expect icy areas on the Cascade highways with a chance of snow showers by tonight; the snow level drops well below the passes to 3,500.
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 0”/4”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/25”/Open, packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 1”/3”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/5”/Closed
Timberline 0”/12”/Open, Bruno, Magic Mile & Palmer
Marine: Seas are 6 feet at 12 seconds this morning with east winds 15-20 knots. As of 7:30am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from this evening through Tuesday morning. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect beyond 10 nautical miles from shore now through late Monday night. East winds today, 10-15 knots gusting 20 nearshore and to 25 knots farther offshore; seas 7 feet at 18 seconds. Tonight, the swell builds to 8-9 feet and easterlies continue 10-15 knots gusting 20-25. Less breeze and higher seas tomorrow; SE wind 10-15 knots with swells rising to 11 feet. Outlook is for mainly sou’easters all week, 10-15 knots, and seas 9-11 feet.
On the Beach… Sunshine, increasing clouds, breezy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/14 Sun 12:20 PM 3.11 L
12/14 Sun 05:45 PM 5.71 H
12/14 Sun 11:42 PM 2.22 L
12/15 Mon 06:41 AM 7.76 H
In Short: Increasing clouds, east windy, then wet.