Thursday, Dec. 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: Light winds, less rain and some sunbreaks gave us a brief rest yesterday.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total…
Lincoln City: 58F/49F/54mph/0.62”/7.66”
Depoe Bay: 57F/48F/51mph/0.48”/6.61”
Forecast: Showers and windy today through tomorrow, thunderstorms remain possible (several have already flashed and boomed this morning), high of 50F, low near 45F. Outlook is for heavy rain and windy on Saturday and Sunday, then a chance of showers through Tuesday. Cooler temperatures with highs of 50F and lows of 40F are projected next week.
NOTE: The local weather warnings now in effect will again consume the bulk of today’s report. Those traveling away from the Central Coast can expect more rain, flooded roads in spots and breezy conditions throughout all of Northwest Oregon except the Cascades where 2-5 inches of snow is predicted in the passes along with winds gusting 40-50 mph. Chains are required on Willamette Pass this morning; carry chains or traction tires at Santiam Pass and Government Camp.
A Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect for the Central Oregon Coast from 9:00am this morning to 4:00pm Friday. Tidal overflow from high tides combined with storm surge will run 2 feet above the astronomical predicted values this week. The highest tidal overflow will occur around noon to 3:00pm today and tomorrow.
12/10 Thu 11:01 AM 9.11′ High
12/11 Fri 11:38 AM 9.23′ High
Rivers will be running high due to runoff from the recent rainfall, and the additional rainfall expected Thursday and Friday. High runoff will increase flood potential in the tidally influenced reaches and estuaries of the coastal rivers.
Dangerous breakers of 35 to 45 feet will impact the beaches today with 30 to 40 foot breakers for Friday. The waves will wash over the jetties, throw logs and debris far onshore, create large surges of water onto the beaches and cause significant beach erosion.
* Flooding of low-lying areas and roads prone to tidal flooding can be expected an hour or two before and after the highest tides.
In the words of the National Weather Service: “This is a dangerous situation. Residents and local officials should take immediate action to protect life and property in low-lying areas affected by these abnormally high tides and surf.”
A Coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or imminent. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water and take appropriate action to protect life and property. Businesses and residents in and near the surf zone, and also near bays and estuaries, should be alert for the possibility of flooding and very high water surging inland and inundating normally dry areas by taking precaution.
A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Oregon Coast, in effect until 4:00pm this afternoon. South to southwest winds 20-30 mph with gusts 55-65 mph, with the strongest winds expected between 4:00am and 10:00am this morning as a very active cold front with thunderstorms moves through. Winds will begin to ease in the afternoon. Recent rains have saturated the soils, and trees may be more prone to toppling causing power outages and property damage.
A Storm Warning is in effect until 3:00pm for offshore waters of the Central Oregon Coast. SW winds today 30-40 knots gusting 50 and rough seas 18 feet at 14 seconds building to 33 feet at 17 seconds. Conditions ease a little tonight and tomorrow to SW winds 25-30 knots gusting 40 and seas subside to 25-30 feet at 16 seconds. Always check the latest Marine Forecast and Bar Reports before you attempt to venture offshore.
In Short: Stormy, then cooler and drier next week.