Wednesday, Dec. 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: Once the drizzle stopped yesterday morning, we had fairly dry and warm conditions with light winds for most of the daylight hours (12 seconds longer, by the way). The thermometer rose to the upper-50s; Lincoln City reached 60F. Southerly winds 15-20 mph gusting just under 30 sprang up as the predicted cold front passed through between 8:00pm last night and 2:00am this morning. Temperatures during that period quickly dropped from the mid-50s to the mid-40s and steady rain began. Precipitation amounts were between a half and one inch; Yachats had a tad over that. At daybreak, it was still raining with light north winds.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/47F/0.48”
Depoe Bay: 55F/43F/0.53”
Forecast: Jolly Old Saint Nick should probably break out his red Grundéns before he makes his rounds along the Central Coast tonight. The heavier rain early today should be turning to showers by lunch time, but it’ll still be rather wet and breezy for our Christmas Eve. High today about 50F; low tonight 40F or so. With some patchy fog also possible, Rudolph’s nose may be required to light the way. If you’d like to follow Santa’s deliveries tonight, head for the NORAD Santa Tracking website. As you sit down to the goose and plum pudding tomorrow, there should be a few rays of sunshine to brighten “lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved.” -Jean Shepherd. Also look for a 50-50 chance of showers and the thermometer rising to 45-50F.
Outlook beyond the holiday is for a mix of showers, some clearing, light northerly winds and cooler temperatures through Sunday. The mercury rises to 45-50F and lows drop to the middle-30s, maybe freezing by Sunday night.
Travel: Highway 101 is open but with flaggers and construction equipment working at ‘the slump’ 12 miles north of Florence; expect delays up to 20 minutes. In the Coast Range today, rain turning to showers, the snow level drops to 2,500 feet this afternoon with highs around 45F. Valley destinations are expecting rain, then showers and 40-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is showers, temps around 45F. For the Cascades, it is above freezing and wet at Santiam and Willamette Passes this morning, but snowing hard at Government Camp; the snow level dips to 2,500 feet by this afternoon with 2-5 inches of snow expected on all Cascade highways. And, much of Central Oregon – including Bend, Redmond, Madras, Prineville and Sunriver – is under a Winter Weather Advisory for 2-5 inches of snow today.
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 snow showers in the Coast Range passes tonight through Sunday night. Snow showers are likely on all Cascade highways from this afternoon 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 telemetry is still offline due to technical problems.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/0”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/33”/Open, firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/16”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/17”/Open, soft wet, lower lifts only
Timberline 1”/23”/Open, Bruno’s and Pucci
Marine: The winds are northerly this morning 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas are 13-14 feet at 16 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar has not reported. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through tomorrow morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. Expect NW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and tonight with rough seas 13-15 feet at 15 seconds. Tomorrow, the breeze eases to NW 10-15 knots but seas are projected to remain lumpy, 12-14 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for NW winds 10-15 knots Friday through Sunday with swells 8-12 feet.
On the Beach… Rainy, breezy, surf 10-14 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/24 Wed 01:10 PM 9.64 H
12/24 Wed 08:01 PM -1.26 L
12/25 Thu 02:46 AM 8.32 H
12/25 Thu 08:12 AM 2.84 L
In Short: Rain, windy, then showers, cooler and clearing.