Sunday, Dec. 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: The big winds never developed yesterday, but an inch of rain fell overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/49F/35mph/1.36”
Depoe Bay: 54F/47F/33mph/1.12”
A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from from 5:00pm this afternoon to 3:00pm Monday for the Central Coast. Strong winds are expected to be more widespread during this event than yesterday’s, with south winds 30-40 mph and gusts to 60 mph affecting the coastal communities. Beaches and headlands will likely see stronger winds, possibly gusting as high as 75 mph. The winds will increase between 5:00pm and 7:00pm tonight and continue through Monday morning before decreasing Monday afternoon. 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 this evening to 9:00am Monday. Breakers 26-35 feet are expected. The large surf begins building this afternoon with the largest waves tonight 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 Storm Warning is in effect for offshore waters (see Marine below).
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 some of the smaller river systems in the region. A series of storm systems capable of producing heavy rainfall will move across the Pacific Northwest through midweek. Rainfall amounts of 3-7 inches are possible in the Coast Range and Cascades from late Sunday through Monday. Another storm system capable of producing an additional 2-6 inches of rain across the Coast Range and Cascades in a 6-12 hour period on Tuesday night and early Wednesday may exacerbate flooding along additional river systems. At this point, confidence in details, such as which river basins will or will not experience the heaviest rain and flooding, is low. Nonetheless, those living along river systems that tend to be prone to flooding should continue to monitor the weather and river forecasts over the next several days. For the latest river conditions, go here.
Forecast: We might be paying penance for last Autumn’s sunshine and lack of rainfall. Whatever the reason, the next few days look more like a typical late Fall pattern as a parade of storms barrel into the Central Coast. Today, we’re in a little bit of a lull and should see the steady rain back off to showers during the morning hours but return this afternoon. Southerly winds 15-25 mph gusting 35 are expected with the mercury rising to about 55F. The next storm arrives tonight packing southerlies 35-40 mph gusting 60, up to 75 mph on the beaches and headlands, 1-2 inches of rain, and a low temp of 51F. This storm continues at full strength tomorrow producing powerful southwest winds 40-45 mph gusting 65 in our communities, higher gusts on the beaches and headlands, and another 1-2 inches of rain with a high of 55-60F. Outlook is for additional wet and windy storms through Wednesday, showers likely Thursday and Friday, and rain again Saturday. Temps holding near normal with highs of 50-55F and lows of 45-50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 45-50F in the passes; showers turning to rain and windy today, temps 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting rain, breezy, the thermometer rising to 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light east winds, highs of 45-50F. For the Cascades, the highways have spots of ice and packed snow cover this morning with temperatures 30-35F, carry chains or traction tires; windy, snow showers, 1-4 inches accumulation in the passes today, the snow level is 4,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet roads and windy through tonight at the lower elevations, snowy and breezy on the Cascade highways.
Marine: Winds are SW 20-30 knots this morning with steep seas 18 feet at 13 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this afternoon. A Storm Warning is in effect from this afternoon through Monday afternoon. Sou’westers 20-25 knots gusting 30-35 this morning, rising to S 30-35 knots gusting 45-50 this afternoon, seas 18 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, winds increasing to 35-45 knots gusting 55 with extremely rough combined seas building to 32 feet at 18 seconds. The storm eases a little tomorrow as SW winds 30-35 knots gusting 45 are expected and combined seas subside to 22 feet. Outlook is for a gale on Tuesday with SW winds 30-35 knots gusting 40 and seas around 20 feet, then SW winds 20-25 knots and swells 21 feet Wednesday, followed by W winds 20-25 knots Thursday with seas rebuilding to 30 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 25-30 feet (extreme).
* (See High Surf Advisory above) Stay off of jetties, offshore rocks, rocky shores and sandy beaches today. These areas will be periodically inundated by surf, especially during the morning high tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
12/06 Sun 08:29 AM 7.89 H
12/06 Sun 03:17 PM 1.52 L
12/06 Sun 09:26 PM 6.00 H
12/07 Mon 02:45 AM 2.98 L
In Short: Rain, becoming very windy, then heavy rain and breezy.