WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: Frigid Forecast

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, Dec. 28th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday was rainy, a bit breezy and temperatures were seasonal.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/48F/37mph/0.52”
Depoe Bay: 51F/46F/35mph/0.43”
Newport: 50F/45F/25mph/0.26”
Waldport: 51F/45F/23mph/0.25”
Yachats: 52F/46F/33mph/0.43”

Advisories: The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for accumulating snow in the WARNING NWS SWSSouth Washington and North and Central Oregon Cascade foothills and the higher Coast Range Sunday night and Monday morning.

Extremely cold and blustery weather is coming to Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon this week. One to four inches of snow is possible Sunday night and Monday morning in the South Washington and North and Central Oregon Cascade foothills and the higher Coast Range Sunday night and Monday as the snow level lowers to 1,500 to 2,000 feet Sunday night and possibly below 1,000 feet Monday morning. Following that, the coldest cold snap of the season will impact southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon this week. Cold east winds will begin to develop across the area late Monday morning and Monday afternoon, and increase in earnest over the area Monday night and Tuesday. This will bring the coldest temperatures of the season to the region, and likely bring cold wind chills to much of the area.

East winds will likely gust to 60-70 mph in the windiest areas of the Columbia River Gorge by Monday night. Brisk east and northeast winds will also affect the entire region by Monday night and Tuesday, including the entire Willamette Valley, the Coast and Coast Range, the Cascades and foothills, and the Southwest Washington interior. The winds could be locally strong enough to do some damage and cause some power outages again.

Low temperatures Monday night will likely fall into the single digits and possibly even below zero in the Cascades, with mid-teens to mid-twenties in the western valleys and 20s at the Coast. Highs on Tuesday may struggle to reach 32F in the valleys and only reach into the 30s on the Coast. Highs in the Cascades may only reach the teens and lower-20s.

The strong east winds in combination with cold temperatures will produce very cold windchills. The coldest windchills will likely be in the Cascades and in the Gorge but the remainder of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon will feel the effects of the cold wind as well.

Be sure to have winter supplies on hand and be prepared for the cold weather and brisk east winds this week.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for snow in the Cascades until noon Monday.

* Snow level: 2,500 feet today, lowering to 1,000 to 1,500 feet tonight and below 1,000 feet Monday.

* Snow accumulation: an additional 3-7 inches by Monday morning.

* Snow impacts: snow will cover roads and may make driving difficult. Brief periods of heavier snow may reduce visibility to a few hundred feet at times. The snow will likely affect holiday traffic through the Cascades.

Forecast: Specifically for the Central Coast, showers are still likely today, but some sunshine should poke through as well. Cool northwest winds are in the cards, 10-15 mph gusting 25, and the thermometer heads for 45-50F. Tonight, more WON SUN-RAINshowers, low about 40F. The change to colder weather begins tomorrow as the showers tail off, skies become partly sunny and the wind veers to the northeast; high temps of 40-45F. Monday night is gonna be nippy with a low of 25-30F and blustery east winds. Sunny on Tuesday and Wednesday, strong east winds, highs of 35-40F and lows of 25-30F.

New Year’s Eve/Day… Clear and cold with brisk east winds; low 28F, high 43F.

Travel Today: Highway 101 is open with some work continuing at ‘the slump’ 12 miles north of Florence; possible minor delays. In the Coast Range today, showers with a high of 40-45F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is rain showers, windy, temps around 45F. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow and it is snowing hard and continuously in the passes this morning with chains or traction tires required (see Winter Weather Advisory above for details).

Outlook for Holiday Travelers… Mainly wet pavement at the lower elevations, but there’s a chance of mixed rain and snow in the Valley and Gorge tonight, and then cold, breezy and spots of ice through the New Year’s holiday. In the Coast Range, icy spots are possible in the passes tonight and tomorrow with the snow level down to 1,000-1,500 feet by Monday morning; snow is possible in the passes through tomorrow, then cold and windy. The Cascade highways could get an additional 3-7 inches of snow from tonight through tomorrow morning; then becoming extremely cold with frigid windchills into New Year’s Eve and Day.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 34”, a gain of 9” since yesterday; an overall gain of 21” in the past seven days.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/8”/Closed
Willamette Pass 4”/8”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 7”/42”/Open, fresh powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 8”/18”/Open, Snow Tube & Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Meadows 12”/31”/Open, fresh and packed powder
Timberline 10”/43”/Open, fresh and packed powder

Marine: As projected, winds have come around to the WNW this morning and are blowing 15-20 knots with seas 11-12 feet WON SCAat 15 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 winds is in effect until 2:00pm this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. Expect NW winds today, tonight and tomorrow, 15-20 knots gusting 25, and seas around 11 feet at 13 seconds, subsiding to 8 feet after midnight. Outlook is for the breeze to veer NE by Monday night and rise to 20-25 knots gusting 30 through Tuesday with combined seas dropping to 5 feet. N to NE winds 10-20 knots Wednesday and Thursday; swells 4 feet and 4 foot windwaves.

On the Beach… Showers, partly sunny, breezy, surf 8-9 feet (moderate).
* Want to help clean-up storm debris? Surfrider has two rapid-response beach clean-ups planned – one at Taft today, December 29th, and the other at Moolack Beach on Saturday, January 3rd. Details here.
* Oregon Parks and Recreation is hosting Whale Watch Week, on now through December 31st at twenty-four designated whale watching sites along the coast. More info and a map of the watch sites are available here.
* Tides
12/28 Sun 11:35 AM 2.08 L
12/28 Sun 05:23 PM 6.69 H
12/28 Sun 11:18 PM 1.52 L
12/29 Mon 06:07 AM 9.02 H

In Short: Mixed sky, showers, moderate winds, then cold, clear and east winds.

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