Monday, Dec. 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday kicked off rainy, and showers continued through much of the day adding a little more water to our rain gauges. Yachats was the clear winner in terms of total precipitation from the Pineapple Express event with well over 4 inches. As Winter arrived at 3:30pm, temperatures topped out in the upper-50s, the breeze switched from southerly to westerly 10-15 mph and the rain turned to showers. Light rain and drizzle occupied the evening and overnight. Winds were calm to light and lows dipped to the low-50s. At daybreak, there was patchy fog, some areas of clearing and no wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Storm Total…
Lincoln City: 58F/52F/0.17”/3.39”
Depoe Bay: 56F/50F/0.66”/3.87”
Advisories, Watches, Warnings: As of 8:00am Monday morning, we’re down to a couple of cancellations and two advisories from the National Weather Service still in effect for the Central Coast and local ocean waters. We should be given the All Clear by this afternoon.
The Flood Watch is cancelled for all of Northwest Oregon including the Central Coast.
The Flood Warning is cancelled for the Siletz, Alsea and Siuslaw Rivers.
River levels, flood stages and forecasts are available on a real-time map here.
A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 10:00am to 4:00pm today.
* Tides: the observed high tide late Sunday morning was around 11 feet at South Beach. The high tide Monday afternoon around 1:00pm is expected to be of a similar magnitude.
* River flows: flow on the coastal rivers remains high as a result of recent abundant rainfall. While flows will be decreasing in the next 24 hours, they will remain high enough for the midday high tide today to contribute to minor tidal overflow.
* Timing: minor tidal overflow can again be expected during the high tide around 1:00pm today with impacts likely occurring between 10:00am and 4:00pm.
* Impacts: affected locations will include low lying areas near bays and sloughs, Highway 101 and the roads near the lower reaches of coastal rivers. These impacts should ease as the tide moves out again this afternoon.
* Precautionary/Preparedness Actions: A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.
Forecast: Patchy fog, sunny periods, some clouds and a 50-50 chance of showers today; the thermometer rises to about 55F. Look for an increasing chance of showers tonight and tomorrow, lows around 50F, highs remain near 55F.
Christmas Eve/Day… A blast of rain and wind (neither very serious) is now projected for Wednesday with up to three-quarters of an inch of precipitation, but turning to showers before the Jolly Old Elf makes his midnight rounds on Christmas Eve; low temp 39F. On Christmas Day, partial clearing is probable, a chance of showers and the mercury cooling to 45F. The odds of a White Christmas are negligible.
Outlook is for varying chances of showers/rain Friday through late Sunday with seasonal temperatures. The early part of next week is shaping up to be a period of drying, clearing and colder temperatures as highs reach 45-50F and lows drop to near freezing.
Travel: Highway 101 remains closed 12 miles north of Florence due to hazardous geological conditions; use an alternate route. Highway 180, 7 miles east of its intersection with Highway 20, is closed due to high water over the roadway. High water may also affect Highway 20 itself along the Mary’s River near Philomath. In the Coast Range today, a chance of rain with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting some rain and 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is rain, temps around 45-50F. For the Cascades, it is above freezing and wet in the passes this morning, rain and snow showers today; the snow level is at 5,500 feet. Outlook for holiday travelers is mainly wet pavement at all lower elevations including the Coast Range, but snow showers are likely in the Cascade passes from Christmas Eve through the weekend with the snow level hovering around 2,500-3,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: NRCS snow pack sensors are still offline due to technical problems.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/0”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/38”/Open, wet packed, weather permitting
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 1”/16”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 5”/21”/Open, Ballroom, Buttercup, Easy Rider
Timberline 9”/24”/Open, Bruno’s and Pucci
Marine: Winds are light and variable this morning, but seas remain rough, 12 feet at 13 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. Variable winds 10 knots or less today with seas running 11-12 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, a southerly breeze 10-15 knots with lumpy seas 11-13 feet at 13 seconds. A bit of a blow tomorrow, S winds 20-25 knots but seas rounding to 12 feet at 17 seconds. Outlook for Wednesday and Thursday is mainly W wind 15-20 knots with a few gusts to 25 and swells 11-12 feet. Expect southerlies on Friday, 15-20 knots, and swells 11 feet subsiding to 7 feet. A possible gale is looming for Saturday.
On the Beach… Showers, surf 10-11 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* King Tides
12/22 Mon 11:35 AM 10.05 H
12/22 Mon 06:35 PM -1.49 L
12/23 Tue 01:17 AM 7.88 H
12/23 Tue 06:24 AM 3.11 L
In Short: Showers, light winds, then showers and cooler.