Saturday, Dec. 27th – Lincoln County
Summary: If you needed a chance to get away from the relatives and the plethora of indoor holiday activities, yesterday was ideal for a beach walk, sightseeing or hiking. There was a nice blend of clouds and sunshine with highs in the 50s, light winds and only trace amounts of precipitation. Evening and overnight were mainly overcast; the wind went calm and lows dipped into the low-40s. At daybreak, it was overcast with a light east wind. Albeit mild here on the Central Coast, it’s starting to get cold again in Eastern Oregon as Lakeview dropped to 14F this morning.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/45F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 52F/44F/0.01”
Waldport: 54F/44F/<0.01” Yachats: 53F/45F/<0.01” Forecast: Lots of changes on the horizon, many of which will affect holiday travelers. It looks like we’ll get a shot of rain today but continued mild with a high of 50F and light southerly winds. Showers are on the agenda for tonight, low 44F and northwest winds gusting to 20 mph or so. Another mixed bag for tomorrow as scattered showers and sunshine set the stage for rainbows with the mercury rising to 45-50F. Outlook is for a transition to colder weather beginning on Monday; high temps around 40F and a few showers. Tuesday, clearing, the thermometer may struggle to hit 40F and overnight the low drops to 30F.
New Year’s Eve/Day… Clear and cool with some east wind; low 34F, high 44F
Travel: Highway 101 is open with flaggers and work continuing at ‘the slump’ 12 miles north of Florence; delays are possible. In the Coast Range today, rain with a high of 45F. Valley destinations are expecting rain and 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is rain, temps around 45F. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow and ice in the passes this morning; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect beginning at 10:00am for 3-6 inches of snow today; the snow level is below the passes at 3,000 feet.
Outlook for Holiday Travelers… Mainly wet pavement at the lower elevations through Sunday; there’s a chance of mixed rain and snow in the Valley and Gorge on Sunday night. Also, if you plan to use I-5, a contractor will be conducting a rolling slowdown on that freeway from 8:00am until 9:00am Sunday morning for about 20 miles on either side of the area near the Enchanted Forest, Milepost 248. The slowdown, which allows contractors to install a new utility cable over the freeway, will cause delays. In the Coast Range, icy spots are possible in the passes tonight and tomorrow night with the snow level down to 1,000 feet by Monday morning. The Cascades highways could get an additional 3-6 inches of snow tonight with snow showers continuing tomorrow and tomorrow night. Carry chains or traction tires and be prepared to use them for Cascades travel the rest of the Christmas holiday period.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 25”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 15” in the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/4”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/35”/Open, firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 6”/18”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/21”/Open, packed powder
Timberline 0”/33”/Open, packed powder
Marine: Seas are running 9 feet at 11 seconds this morning with a light easterly breeze nearshore and SW winds 10-15 knots offshore. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 28 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from this afternoon through Monday morning. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Fairly benign weather will give way to rising westerly winds later today, 15-20 knots gusting to 25, and windwaves building to 5 feet on the 8-9 foot swell. Tonight, expect winds to veer NW to 20-25 knots with seas 9 feet at 14 seconds. The NW flow continues tomorrow producing 15-25 knots of wind and seas become rougher, 12 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for N to NE winds 15-25 knots gusting 30 at times Monday, square seas 10 feet at 10 seconds. While the swell drops significantly Tuesday and Wednesday to 3 feet, offshore breezes are projected to continue in the 15-25 knot range.
On the Beach… Rain, light breeze, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
* Oregon Parks and Recreation is hosting Whale Watch Week, December 27th-31st at twenty-four designated whale watching sites along the coast. Trained volunteers from the ‘Whale Watching Spoken Here’ program will be stationed at the sites from 10:00am to 1:00pm on those days to help visitors spot gray whales migrating south. A map of the watch sites is available here.
12/27 Sat 10:21 AM 2.45 L
12/27 Sat 04:06 PM 7.43 H
12/27 Sat 10:24 PM 0.69 L
12/28 Sun 05:13 AM 8.84 H
In Short: Rain, moderate winds, showers, then colder, clearing and east winds.