Tuesday, Dec. 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: Changeover day went about as expected with the last of the showers exiting the area yesterday morning; precipitation amounts were under a hundredth of an inch. By late afternoon, the clouds were also history, the sun held sway the rest of the day and high temps rose into the upper-40s. The one thing that didn’t develop as projected was the east wind as it blew only 10-15 mph with a few gusts into the 20s. By evening, under clear skies, the mercury began falling and overnight dipped below freezing. It was clear and chilly at daybreak, with Waldport’s 29F the coldest. Lowest temp in the state this morning was +3F at Redmond.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 45F/31F
Depoe Bay: 47F/30F
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 west to the ocean.
A Wind Chill Warning above 3,000 feet is in effect until noon today for the Cascades. Wind chills of -15F to -25F are expected. 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. 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 Wind Advisory is in effect until 6:00pm this evening for the North Willamette Valley and Clark County, including the Portland and Vancouver metro area. East to northeast winds 20-30 mph with gusts 40-50 mph. Some gusts of 50-55 mph can be expected in highly exposed locations near the Columbia River Gorge and in the West Hills of Portland. The strongest winds are expected through 11:00am today. With such winds temperatures will feel like 5-20F above zero. Dress warmly if you plan to be out and about. If you have pets outdoors, ensure that they have proper warm shelter. These winds will cause some scattered tree damage, potentially leading to a few power disruptions around the area. The strong and gusty east winds will also cause travel problems for trucks, trailers and other high profile vehicles especially on bridges crossing the Columbia River.
Forecast: It’s very much like opening the freezer door – a whoosh of cold air and the light comes on. That’s the scenario for a few days as chilly Arctic air rushes through the Gorge and Coast Range, and the Sun shines. High today about 40F along with east winds, how much is only a guess, but expect some. Cold and clear again tonight, low 28F, and a moderate east wind. Tomorrow, look for more sunshine and a little warmer, 40-45F.
New Year’s Eve/Day… Clear and cold with light east winds, low 30F, high 45F, and possible areas of fog.
Outlook beyond the holiday is for more typical coastal weather with increasing clouds by Friday night, a slight chance of rain Saturday, a higher chance of rain Sunday and Monday, and moderating temperatures. Highs rising to around 50F and lows of 40-45F.
Travel Today: On Highway 101, a traffic light is being installed at the landslide 12 miles north of Florence. The light, which goes into operation tomorrow, will control single-lane traffic in alternating directions when there are no flaggers or pilot cars present.
In the Coast Range this morning, there are areas of ice on all highways, sunny, windy and cold, high of 30-35F. Valley destinations are expecting icy spots, sunshine, breezy, cold and 30-35F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is icy, sunny, very windy, temps around 30F. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow with chains or traction tires required on Willamette and Santiam Passes, icy at Government Camp; cold and windy today (see Wind Chill Warning above).
Outlook for Holiday Travelers… Cold, breezy and patches of icy pavement possible through the New Year’s holiday in all areas of Northwest Oregon. The Gorge and Cascades will have the most ice, wind and coldest temperatures.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 47”, a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 30” in the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 5”/18”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 2”/50”/Open, packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/28”/Open, Lower Bowl & Multorpor lifts
Mt. Hood Meadows 4”/44”/Open, packed powder
Timberline 6”/54”/Open, packed powder
Marine: Seas have fallen substantially overnight and are down to 5 feet at 8 seconds, winds are NE, light nearshore, but blowing 10-25 knots offshore. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. NE winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 today with swells 5-6 feet at 9 seconds and windwaves up to 7 feet offshore. The breeze eases tonight to 15-20 knots by midnight, swells drop to 3 feet. Nor’easters continue tomorrow at 15-20 knots gusting 25 with swells remaining 3 feet or so. Outlook is for the breeze to ease further Thursday to NE 10-15 knots gusting 20, and it should be down to a paltry 5 knots Friday and Saturday, and swells 3-4 feet through the period.
On the Beach… Cold, sunny, breezy, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* Oregon Parks and Recreation is hosting Whale Watch Week, continuing today and tomorrow at twenty-four designated whale watching sites along the coast. More info and a map of the watch sites are available here.
12/30 Tue 01:57 PM 1.10 L
12/30 Tue 08:14 PM 6.32 H
12/31 Wed 01:25 AM 3.25 L
12/31 Wed 08:00 AM 9.37 H
In Short: Cold, clear, windy, then slow warming.