Tuesday, Dec. 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s sunny periods were a welcome change from the deluge, though we didn’t escape precipitation entirely. About a tenth of an inch dripped out of some passing rain showers, mostly overnight and early this morning. It was plenty warm for late December as the mercury took a run at 60F for a high and nosed down to around 50F for the low; winds were moderate out of the south gusting into the teens. This morning, it was drizzly with patchy fog and the breeze had fallen to light southwest.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/50F/0.15”
Depoe Bay: 56F/49F/0.09”
Forecast: Mostly cloudy skies are expected today with a chance of showers, light winds and continued warm as highs reach for 55-60F. Tonight, rain developing, maybe a half inch, low temps around 45F and a north wind 10 mph or so.
Christmas Eve/Day… Santa may have to swap out his sleigh runners for pontoons as showers, some heavy, are predicted for tomorrow along with moderate north winds 10-15 mph gusting 20 and a high of 50F. Albeit earlier long-term projections hinted at the possibility of some colder air reaching us in time for Christmas Eve, it will indeed be chillier, but not nearly cold enough for a White Christmas. The thermometer drops to 40-45F on Christmas Eve, with rain showers probable. Christmas Day, expect a chance of showers along with partly sunny skies and a high of 45-50F.
Outlook beyond the holiday is for varying chances of showers/rain Friday through late Sunday with seasonal temperatures of 45-50F. The early part of next week is shaping up to be a period of drying, clearing and colder temperatures as highs reach 40-45F and lows drop to around freezing.
Travel: Highway 101 is back open to one lane of traffic with flaggers, 12 miles north of Florence; expect delays up to 20 minutes. In the Coast Range today, a chance of showers with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, some sprinkles and 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is showers likely, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, it is above freezing and wet in the passes this morning, rain showers today; the snow level is at 7,000 feet.
Outlook for Holiday Travelers… Mainly wet pavement at the lower elevations including the Valley and Gorge tomorrow through the weekend. Possible icy areas and a slight chance of light snow in the Coast Range passes Christmas Day through Sunday night. Snow is likely on Cascade highways from Christmas Eve throughout the weekend with the snow level holding at 2,500-3,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
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”/34”/Open, wet packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 1”/16”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/20”/Open, wet packed
Timberline 0”/28”/Open, Bruno’s/Pucci, Magic Mile weather permitting
Marine: The wind is out of the SW this morning at 10-15 knots and seas are lumpy 10-footers at 14 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 25 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. Southerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 today and seas remaining 10-11 feet at 14-15 seconds. Tonight, the breeze veers to W 15-20 knots along with 13 foot swells at 16 seconds. A bit of a blow tomorrow as N winds build to 20-25 knots and seas run 12 feet at 16 seconds with 4 foot windwaves. Outlook is for W to NW winds 15-25 knots Christmas Day through Saturday; swells 8-12 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, light breeze, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* King Tides
12/23 Tue 06:24 AM 3.11 L
12/23 Tue 12:22 PM 9.97 H
12/23 Tue 07:17 PM -1.5 L
12/24 Wed 02:01 AM 8.12 H
In Short: Showers, light winds, then rain, and cooler next week.