Sunday, Dec. 13th – Lincoln County
Summary: What should be the last in this unusual series of storms wasn’t anything to sneeze at yesterday. An inch and a half to two inches of rain and winds up to 60 mph battered the Central Coast. But both faded around 3:00pm as the breeze eased and the steady rain turned to showers. Neither disappeared completely overnight with showers continuing and the wind veering to the northwest. The ocean is still pretty rough this morning as surf over 20 feet sweeps the beaches. At daybreak, some fairly heavy showers dotted the area and a west wind was blowing at 10-20 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Storm Total*…
Lincoln City: 55F/46F/47mph/1.49”/10.21”
Depoe Bay: 55F/44F/46mph/1.49”/9.26”
* Total = Cumulative precipitation since the series of storms with heavy rain began on Monday, December 7th.
A High Surf Advisory remains in effect until 11:00pm this evening. West swells 19-22 feet with a period around 15 seconds are expected through Sunday evening. These waves will have the ability to wash over jetties and higher up beaches than normal. They may also disrupt large logs and carry other debris that can catch people off guard and cause serious injury. Minor beach erosion is also possible. A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
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: We’re on the cusp of a short break in the stormy weather. There’s still a 100% chance of showers and possible thunderstorms (maybe even some hail) today and tonight with southwest winds 15-25 mph gusting 30-40. Tomorrow, showers ending by afternoon, and winds easing to 10-20 mph. Outlook is for a slight chance of showers/rain Tuesday and Wednesday, then back to stormy wet weather Thursday through Saturday. Temperatures remain seasonal 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 40F in the passes; showers, isolated thunderstorms and windy, temp 40F, the snow level is at 2,500 feet. Valley destinations are expecting showers, possible thunderstorms, the thermometer rising to 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain turning to showers, west winds gusting 25 mph, high of 45F. For the Cascades, it is snowing hard and continuously on the highways this morning with temperatures 25-30F, chains or traction tires are required on all the passes; a Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 10:00am this morning for near blizzard conditions and an additional 3-7 inches of snow, the snow level is 2,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is breezy with wet roads through tonight; hazardous travel in the Cascades with snow accumulations of 2-5 inches in the passes this evening.
Marine: Winds have come around to the NNW 15-20 knots this morning with seas running 23 feet at 15 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas are in effect until 2:00pm this afternoon. A Gale Warning is in effect from 2:00pm through tonight for NW winds rising to 25-30 knots gusting 35 with rough combined seas near 20 feet at 15 seconds. Tomorrow, NW winds easing to 20-25 knots gusting 30 and swells dropping to 16 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for N winds 10-15 knots with seas around 10 feet on Tuesday, and then back to stormy conditions as southerlies return at 20-25 knots Wednesday and Thursday, swells 10-15 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, very breezy, surf 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 this afternoon’s 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.
12/13 Sun 06:58 AM 3.52 L
12/13 Sun 12:55 PM 9.16 H
12/13 Sun 07:40 PM -0.81 L
12/14 Mon 02:28 AM 7.93 H
In Short: Showers, windy, brief drying, and then another stretch of wet.