Saturday, Dec. 5th – Lincoln County
Summary: A mixed bag yesterday – sun, clouds, a little rain and cooler high temps.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/46F/19mph/0.25”
Depoe Bay: 52F/44F/16mph/0.19”
A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 10:00am this morning to 2:00am Sunday. In coastal communities, south to southeast winds 20-30 mph with gusts 40-50 mph. On beaches and headlands, south to southeast winds of 30-40 mph with gusts of 55-65 mph. The strongest winds are expected this evening. The high winds may stay offshore or only hit the most exposed headland locations. These 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 Surf Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 7:00pm Sunday to 9:00am Monday. A west swell of 20 feet at 17 seconds will generate 26-30 foot breaking waves. The big surf is expected to arrive Sunday afternoon with the largest waves Sunday night through early Monday morning. Unpredictable and destructive waves may wash over beaches, jetties and other structures with no warning. Beach erosion is possible. This is not a time to be near the water. A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
A Storm Warning is in effect for offshore waters (see the Marine forecast below for details).
A Hydrologic Outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Coast Range. Periods of heavy rain Sunday through Thursday will bring the possibility of flooding to the Coast Range. A period of very active weather with a series of storms capable of producing heavy rainfall is expected over the Pacific Northwest next week, beginning tomorrow. The weather pattern shows a tap of sub-tropical moisture that may produce rainfall amounts of 4-7 inches in the Coast Range from late Sunday through Monday. Additional heavy rainfall is possible around midweek. The exact location and duration of of the heaviest precipitation is uncertain at this time, but we expect rivers draining the Coast Range to have some sharp rises. Some may approach or exceed flood stage depending on the intensity and location of the heaviest rain. The National Weather Service will continue to monitor the rivers closely and issue flood watches and/or warnings if needed. People living near rivers and streams should pay close attention to the weather and river forecasts over the next several days. For the latest river conditions, go here.
Forecast: We’re coming off the bench and the coach has put us back into the game today as the next in a series of powerful storms arrives on the Central Coast. Expect only moderate rainfall today, but increasing southeast winds. The caveat is that the easterly component in the breeze may keep the highest gusts offshore or just nipping the headlands. So, look for 30-40 mph maybe gusting 50 in our communities, but possibly considerably less. The rain ramps-up tonight becoming heavy at times with around an inch expected and the wind decreases a little after midnight. Tomorrow, we’ll be between storms again so expect showers and much lighter winds. Outlook is for rain, heavy at times, with strong winds Monday through Thursday, and then showers and cooler conditions on Friday. Temperatures mainly seasonal with highs of 55F and lows of 50F until late in the week when highs dip to 45-50F and lows of 40-45F are on tap.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40F in the passes; chance of rain and breezy today, temps 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting rain, windy, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, east winds gusting 25-30 mph, high of 45F. For the Cascades, the highways have spots of ice, black ice and packed snow cover this morning with temperatures near 30F, carry chains or traction tires; a chance of rain and snow showers, windy, the snow level is 4,000 feet rising to 5,500 feet this afternoon. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly wet roads and windy through tomorrow night, but the snow level is near the Cascade passes with some snow accumulation possible on the mountain highways.
Marine: Winds are already increasing ahead of the next storm, blowing SSE 25-35 knots at Stonewall Bank this morning, with seas 12 feet at 14 seconds. A Storm Warning is in effect through late tonight. A Storm Watch is then in effect from Sunday evening through Monday afternoon. Southerlies rising to S 35-45 knots gusting 50-55 knots this afternoon and evening with combined rough seas building to 18-22 feet. Tomorrow, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30, swells 11-14 feet. Outlook is for S winds 35-40 knots gusting 50 Sunday night and combined seas rebuilding to 25-30 feet. Monday, SW winds 30-40 knots gusting 45-50 and seas 25 feet. Southerlies continue Tuesday and Wednesday at 25-30 knots with combined seas 18-21 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, extremely breeze, surf 15-18 feet (high).
* (See High Surf Advisory above) Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches this weekend. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during the morning high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
12/05 Sat 07:46 AM 7.62 H
12/05 Sat 02:29 PM 2.18 L
12/05 Sat 08:22 PM 5.74 H
12/06 Sun 01:55 AM 2.74 L
In Short: Rain, very windy, then heavy rain and breezy.