Wednesday, Dec. 2nd – Lincoln County
Summary: We were almost lulled into a false sense of serenity yesterday as the rain and wind held off for most of the daylight hours. The expected precipitation began around 4:00pm (exactly at the time forecasters had predicted) and continued steadily throughout the night. However, total rainfall amounts were about an inch, considerably higher than projections had indicated. Win some, lose some. The breeze veered from southeast to due south and picked up substantially shortly after midnight. At daybreak, it was drizzly in spots and the wind had fallen to a light easterly.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/43F/18mph/0.94”
Depoe Bay: 53F/47F/28mph/1.02”
A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from tomorrow morning through the afternoon on beaches and headlands. South winds 30-40 mph with gusts 55-65 mph are possible. The winds will be increasing Thursday morning with the strongest winds between noon and 5:00pm Thursday. Strong winds may make travel difficult for high profile vehicles especially along Highway 101. Isolated power disruptions will be possible along with localized blockage of roads due to damaged trees.
A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur.
Forecast: The big issue will be the breeze, rising tonight to 25-30 mph gusting 50, and tomorrow blowing consistently at 30 mph but gusting as a high as 55 mph (these wind speeds are projected for our Central Coast communities, gusts will be stronger along local beaches and headlands). Rain is expected to return in earnest by this afternoon and become heavier overnight lasting well into tomorrow; we could see storm totals over two inches. Outlook is for showers and mostly cloudy Friday, then rain likely and windy Saturday through Tuesday. The mercury should stay seasonal with highs of 50-55F and lows near 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 35-40F in the passes; showers early, rain later today, temps 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers changing to rain, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of freezing rain and sleet, east winds gusting 30 mph, highs of 30-35F, so travel may be difficult in spots. For the Cascades, the highways have slush and black ice this morning with temperatures near 30F, carry chains or traction tires; snow showers and pockets of freezing rain this morning, the snow level is 7,000 feet.
Marine: Seas are rough 11 footers at 10 seconds this morning with S winds 15-20 knots gusting 25. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until 2:00pm this afternoon. A Gale Warning is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through this evening. A Storm Watch is in effect from this evening through tomorrow afternoon. S winds rising to 20-25 knots this morning, then to 25-30 knots gusting 35 this afternoon, combined seas 13 feet at 12 seconds. Late tonight and tomorrow S winds rising to 30-35 knots gusting 50 with seas building from 15 feet to 22 feet. Outlook is for southerly winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 on Friday, 30-35 knots gusting 45 Friday night, 35-40 knots Saturday, and 20-25 knots Sunday; seas 15-20 feet or greater throughout the extended period. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rainy and breezy, surf 8-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/02 Wed 11:07 AM 3.66 L
12/02 Wed 04:45 PM 6.67 H
12/02 Wed 11:12 PM 1.50 L
12/03 Thu 06:08 AM 7.53 H
In Short: Rain, becoming very windy, then continued wet and breezy.