Tuesday, Dec. 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: If it had just snowed yesterday, we could have experienced almost every kind of weather. Clouds, showers, wind, frost and sunshine dotted the Central Coast. Yachats and Waldport had the heaviest shower and highest winds. The overcast and showers ended in most areas for the bulk of the afternoon hours, but returned in the evening after a decent glimpse of the waxing crescent Moon. Overnight was a mix of clearing and clouds, no wind and the thermometer dipped into the mid-30s. At daybreak, it was chilly with frosty windshields, partly cloudy and nearly calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 49F/37F/20mph/0.27”
Depoe Bay: 48F/34F/21mph/0.31”
A Hydrologic Outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service for heavy rain from late Wednesday into Thursday night with the possibility of more flooding in Northwest Oregon Thursday and Friday. Another atmospheric river event is poised to bring heavy rain to portions of the area. It appears that the heaviest rain will be in the Central Coast Range Central and Southern Willamette Valley and the North Oregon Cascades. However, location and timing could change as we get closer to the storm. Amounts at the Coast and in the Coast Range and Cascades could be 4 to 6 inches with 1 to 3 inches for the inland valleys. With already saturated soils and rivers still running high from last week’s rain, it won’t take as much precipitation to push some rivers back above flood stage Thursday and Friday.
Forecast: Our hopes for dry conditions today have faded somewhat as a weak weather disturbance brushes the Central Coast with about a one in three chance of showers. Light winds switch from northwest to southwest this afternoon and the mercury climbs to 50F. Tonight, rain becomes more likely with a quarter inch or so possible, low around 40F. The next storm starts working its way in tomorrow, bringing steadier rain and up to a half inch of precipitation. Outlook is for the brunt of this Pineapple Express event to arrive tomorrow night lasting through Thursday night with southerly winds 25-30 mph gusting 40 and total rainfall over 4 inches projected; showers are likely Friday and Saturday, rainy and windy Sunday, and more showers on Monday. Look for high temps of 45-50F and lows of 40-45F.
Christmas… Mostly cloudy skies, a chance of rain for Christmas Eve and Day, cooler with a high of 45F, low near 35F, and the Full Yule Moon at 3:11am Christmas morning.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there are spots of ice on the highways this morning, it’s foggy, temperatures are 30-35F in the passes; patchy fog, slight chance of rain today, temps 40-45F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of rain, the thermometer rising to 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a slight chance of rain, light west winds, high of 40F. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow on the highways this morning with temperatures 20-25F, chains or traction tires are required; partly sunny, slight chance of snow showers, the free air freezing level is at the surface; a Winter Storm Watch for heavy snow is in effect for tomorrow night through late Thursday night with 15-30 inches accumulation possible in the passes creating treacherous travel conditions.
Marine: Seas and breeze are down this morning; ESE winds 5-10 knots and swells running 8 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow evening. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow night. NW winds 10-15 knots today and tonight, swells building to 10-12 feet at 11-17 seconds this evening. Tomorrow, SE winds rising to 20-25 knots by afternoon with swells 12 feet at 17 seconds. Outlook is for gale force southerly winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 tomorrow night and Thursday, rough combined seas building to 15 feet at 13 seconds, then SW winds 15-25 knots and 10-14 foot swells Friday and Saturday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, possible showers, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/15 Tue 08:30 AM 3.47 L
12/15 Tue 02:23 PM 8.49 H
12/15 Tue 09:03 PM -0.28 L
12/16 Wed 03:57 AM 8.07 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, chance of showers, light wind, then rainy and windy.