Saturday, Dec. 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: Heavy showers and breezy yesterday with a break between storms.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total…
Lincoln City: 53F/45F/36mph/0.48”/8.72”
Depoe Bay: 52F/43F/40mph/0.36”/7.46”
A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 11:00am to 5:00pm today. On beaches and headlands, south to southeast wind 30-40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph. In coastal communities, south to southeast wind 25-35 mph with gusts 50-60 mph. It’s expected to be windy from late this morning until early this evening, with the peak wind period around noon through about 4:00pm. Due to saturated soils, trees are more prone to toppling. This could result in scattered power outages, property damage and partial or full road closures. High profile vehicles will be subject to difficult driving conditions, especially on portions of Highway 101.
A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 9:00am this morning to 3:00pm this afternoon for the Central Coast. High tides, storm surge and high river flows will continue to produce minor tidal flooding of low-lying areas and roadways prone to tidal flooding on Saturday. Areas not subject to direct wave action will experience overflow surge into estuaries and bays with water levels higher than normal tides would suggest. The primary impact of coastal flooding will be within a few hours on either side of high tide, or between 10:00am and 2:00pm today.
In previous cases with similar combinations of tide, storm surge and river flows, minor coastal flooding has been observed in downtown Nehalem, along several portions of Highway 101, and along the coast and beaches near Cannon Beach, Pacific City and Newport. This list is not exclusive, and impacts within the advisory area may not be limited to these locations.
Businesses and residents in and near the surf zone and near bays and estuaries should be alert for the possibility of flooding and very high water surging inland and inundating normally dry areas.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Cascades (see Travel below).
A Gale Warning is in effect for Central Coast ocean waters (see Marine below).
Forecast: Rainy and windy today and tonight. Up to 2 inches of precipitation possible with southerly winds 30-40 mph gusting as high as 60. Tomorrow, we’re back to a showery day with thunderstorms along with moderate northwest winds and a high of 50F. Outlook is for showers likely Monday, a chance of showers/rain Tuesday and Wednesday, then another very wet and windy period begins Wednesday night and lasts into Friday. Cooler as highs top out at 50F and lows dip to 40F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40F in the passes; look for heavy rain and winds gusting to 55 mph today, temps 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting rainy and breezy conditions, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for heavy rain, light southwest winds, high of 45F. For the Cascades, the highways have packed snow cover this morning with temperatures near 30F, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Storm Warning is in effect in the Cascades until 10:00am tomorrow morning for near blizzard conditions in the passes with winds gusting to 50 mph and 6-12 inches of snow, the snow level is 2,500 feet rising to 4,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is windy with wet roads and possible flooded sections of highway in the Coast Range and along the Coast through Sunday night; hazardous travel in the Cascade with snow accumulations of 1-2 feet at the passes between tonight and tomorrow night.
Marine: Winds are SSW 20-30 knots offshore this morning and seas have subsided to 15 feet at 16 seconds. A Gale Warning is now in effect through this evening for SW winds rising to 30-35 knots gusting 45-50 today with rough combined seas near 20 feet at 15 seconds. Tonight, W winds easing to 15-25 knots and swells dropping to 17 feet at 14 seconds. NW winds tomorrow 15-20 knots gusting 25 and seas 18 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for NW winds 20-25 knots with seas around 15 feet on Monday, light southerlies Tuesday, and then ramping back up to S winds 20-25 knots Wednesday with gales returning on Thursday; swells 10-15 feet all week. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, very breezy, surf 15-20 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties, offshore rocks, rocky shores and sandy beaches today. These areas will be periodically inundated by surf, especially for a couple of hours before and after the midday 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.
12/12 Sat 06:16 AM 3.52 L
12/12 Sat 12:16 PM 9.26 H
12/12 Sat 07:02 PM -0.81 L
12/13 Sun 01:47 AM 7.85 H
In Short: Heavy rain and very windy, then showers and cooler.