Monday, Dec. 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: Sun, clouds, showers, blustery NW winds and moderate temps yesterday.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 51F/42F/42mph/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 51F/41F/43mph/0.03”
Advisories/Warnings: Due to the large number of Central Coast residents traveling to other parts of Oregon, and lots of visitors driving to the coast, we’re tracking and posting weather bulletins for you on a regional basis during this holiday week, from the Cascades to the beach.
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for cold and windy weather coming this week. The coldest weather of the winter season so far will impact Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon late Monday through Wednesday as an Arctic front moves through. Brisk cold east winds will begin to develop across the area Monday afternoon and increase in earnest over the area Monday night. East winds will likely gust to 60-70 mph in the windiest areas of the Columbia River Gorge Monday night and Tuesday. East winds could also gust as high as 50-60 mph in the Portland and Vancouver Metro areas and the adjacent Cascade foothills, and could be locally strong enough to produce isolated damage and power outages again around the Portland Metro. A High Wind Watch is in effect for this area. Otherwise, brisk 15-25 mph east and northeast winds will also affect the entire region Monday night and Tuesday with some locally higher gusts to 45-50 mph in the Coast Range and 35 mph along the Coast.
Highs on Tuesday and Wednesday may struggle to reach 32F in the Willamette Valley. Coastal locations will likely only top out in the 30s as well. Low temperatures will likely be coldest either Tuesday or Wednesday night when winds begin to relax. Expect low temperatures in the low-20s across the Portland Metro but temperatures will likely dip into the teens across the rest of the Willamette Valley, and into the mid-20s along the Coast.
A Wind Chill Warning above 3,000 feet is in effect from 8:00pm this evening to noon Tuesday. The strong east to northeast winds in combination with cold temperatures will produce very cold wind chills Monday night and Tuesday. The coldest wind chills will likely be in the Cascades and in the Columbia River Gorge but the remainder of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon will feel the effects as well.
Wind chills of -15F to -25F are expected tonight and Tuesday morning above 3,000 feet. Exposed skin can suffer frostbite in very short time periods at these temperatures. Dress adequately for extreme cold or better yet, stay inside if possible tonight and Tuesday morning. If driving across the Cascade passes, be sure to have a full tank of gas and carry additional warm clothing in your vehicle in case it breaks down or traffic stops for an extended period of time.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for snow in the Cascades and higher terrain of the Coast Range continuing through this morning then tapering off quickly. The snow level is 1,000 feet or lower. An additional accumulation of 1-3 inches of snow is expected this morning.
Forecast: Specifically for the Central Coast, showers ending by lunchtime and gradual clearing today. Winds will veer from northwest to northeast by late this afternoon, 10-15 mph, and high temps should top out at 40-45F. Cold tonight with lows dropping into the 20s and east winds rising to 10-15 mph gusting 20-25. Sunshine is on tap tomorrow, but the mercury may have to fight to reach 40F and east winds rise further to 20 mph gusting 30-35. Tuesday night and Wednesday, continued cold and windy; lows 25F and highs 35-40F.
New Year’s Eve/Day… Clear and cold with brisk east winds; low 25-30F, high 40-45F, and areas of fog developing.
Outlook beyond the holiday is for a reversion to more typical coastal weather with a chance of rain by Friday night, lasting through the weekend, and moderating temperatures; highs rising to around 50F and lows of 40F.
Travel Today: In the Coast Range, spots of ice, rain and snow showers with some light snow accumulation possible in the passes, high of 35-40F. Valley destinations are expecting rain and snow showers with little if any snow accumulation and 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is rain and snow showers with up to an inch of snow, becoming very windy, temps around 30F. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow and it is snowing in all passes this morning with chains or traction tires required (see Winter Weather Advisory above for details).
Outlook for Holiday Travelers… Cold, breezy and patches of icy pavement through the New Year’s holiday in all areas of Northwest Oregon. The Gorge and Cascades will have the most wind and coldest temperatures (see Wind Chill Warning above).
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 46”, a gain of 12” since yesterday; an overall gain of 31” in the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass /Closed
Mt. Bachelor 6”/50”/Open, fresh powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 4”/26”/Open, Lower Bowl & Multorpor lifts
Mt. Hood Meadows 16”/45”/Open, fresh powder
Timberline 13”/52”/Open, fresh powder
Marine: Sea are still rough this morning, 12-13 feet at 10 seconds and winds are northerly 15-20 knots with some higher gusts. As of 8:00am, Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas expires at 9:00am this morning. NW winds 15-20 knots are expected to veer NE and rise to 20-25 knots this afternoon while seas subside to 7 feet at 11 seconds later today. Tonight, look for NE winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 with 6 foot windwaves overpowering a 3-5 foot swell. The nor’easter continues Wednesday at 20-25 knots, dropping to 10-15 knots Thursday and down to 5 knots on Friday; swells through the period around 5 feet.
On the Beach… Showers early, becoming sunny, breezy, surf 5-7 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.
12/29 Mon 12:50 PM 1.56 L
12/29 Mon 06:49 PM 6.26 H
12/30 Tue 12:18 AM 2.28 L
12/30 Tue 07:01 AM 9.19 H
In Short: Showers ending, gradual clearing, then cold, clear and east windy.