Wednesday, Dec. 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: Spilling across our area like molasses out of a tipped-over jar, the clouds from an approaching weather system sluggishly covered the Central Coast late yesterday. The early part of the day was quite pleasant with a long stretch of sunshine and a few high clouds; high temps were in the low-50s with Waldport slightly warmer. The east wind stayed below 20 mph. It didn’t become completely overcast until after sunset and the anticipated rainfall began about 8:00pm. Overnight was a mix of clouds, showers, a light easterly breeze and the thermometer holding in the mid-40s. At daybreak, it was showery with a handful of sucker holes in the cloud deck and the wind was east at 10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/46F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 53F/44F/0.04”
Forecast: The persistent east winds are predicted to finally dissipate today as we get into a southerly breeze regime. It looks like another shot of rain is headed this way today, light winds veering to southeast and the mercury reaching about 55F. Tonight, a 50-50 chance of showers, south winds 5-10 mph and lows around 45F. Seems tomorrow could end up dry, or nearly so, with a mixed sky, high 50-55F and the southerly wind starting to pick up. Outlook is for a moderate storm system to arrive Thursday night with rain and sou’westers 25-30 mph gusting to 40. Expect showers on Friday with lighter winds. Saturday is shaping up to be a wet one as a possible Pineapple Express (atmospheric river) sets-up with heavy tropically-induced rainfall and blustery south winds. Rain in some form remains likely Sunday through Tuesday.
Christmas Eve/Day… Showers, partial clearing, low 36F, high 47F. The chance of snow is less than 10%.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain likely with highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting rain and 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is rain, east winds gusting to 35 mph, temps around 45F. For the Cascades, there are icy spots on all highway passes this morning, rain and/or snow showers today; the snow level is at 4,500 feet. Heads-up for snow in the passes Friday night and Saturday. Always carry chains or traction tires when crossing the Cascades.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 8”, a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 2” in the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/4”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/30”/Open, packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/18”/Closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 3”/5”/Closed
Timberline 0”/12”/Open, Bruno’s; Palmer & Magic Mile on hold
Cascadia: A minor earthquake, magnitude 2.6, occurred at 5:19pm last evening close to shore, 22 miles west of Bandon.
Marine: There’s still an easterly component to the breeze this morning, but it’s light at around 10 knots; seas are 8 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Gale Watch is in effect from tomorrow morning through tomorrow evening. The crab fleet gets decent, benign conditions for working their pots today as the wind slowly veers to the SW 5-10 knots gusting 15 with swells 9 feet at 12 seconds. For tonight, southerly winds build a bit to 10-15 knots gusting 20 but seas remain under 10 feet. The situation escalates tomorrow as S winds rise to 25-30 knots gusting 35 by afternoon and 8 foot windwaves overpower the 7 foot swell. Outlook is for even stronger southerly winds Thursday night, 25-30 knots gusting 40 with combined seas building to 12 feet. Friday through Sunday, expect sou’westers mainly 20-30 knots and seas building to 15-20 feet.
On the Beach… Rain, light breeze, surf 8 feet (moderate).
* High surf is forecast for this weekend.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/17 Wed 08:05 AM 8.42 H
12/17 Wed 03:07 PM 1.20 L
12/17 Wed 09:27 PM 5.99 H
12/18 Thu 02:20 AM 3.27 L
In Short: Rain, light southeast winds, then wet and windy.