Wednesday, Dec. 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: Our plans for a dry day were dashed as the rain returned just before sunset yesterday, and then continued sporadically throughout the evening and overnight. Total precipitation was between a tenth and a third of an inch; Depoe Bay had the most, 0.34”. There wasn’t much wind with this system and the thermometer fought it’s way into the upper 40s; Lincoln City was the warmest at 53F. The heaviest rain fell between 2:00am and daybreak. It was still raining this morning with a light south wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/38F/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 48F/35F/0.34”
A Flood Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for most of Northwest Oregon including our area. Heavy rain will begin tonight and continue through tomorrow. Storm total rainfall will be 3-7 inches on the Central Coast and in the Coast Range, and 1-3 inches in the Willamette Valley. With saturated soils and rivers still running high from last week’s heavy rain, rivers are likely to rise sharply in response to this week’s predicted rainfall. Ponding of water on roads and creek flooding are possible as early as Thursday morning. Flooding of faster-responding rivers (including the Siuslaw and Mary’s Rivers) could begin Thursday afternoon, with slower-responding rivers reaching flood stage sometime Friday or early Saturday.
Landslides and debris flows are possible during this flood event. People, structures and roads located below steep slopes, in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk from rapidly moving landslides. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
Forecast: There’s no end in sight for the wet weather as another round of storms bears down on us. This time, the rain could even be heavier as the atmospheric river fire hose is aimed right at the Central Coast. Rain today, west winds 5-15 mph gusting 20 and highs near 50F. Tonight through tomorrow night, heavy rain and windy as southerlies rise to 25-30 mph gusting 40 and rainfall totals of 6 inches or more are expected. Outlook is for a showery break on Friday and Saturday, and then rain Sunday through Tuesday when additional storms arrive. Highs near 50F and lows about 45F are projected before it turns cooler midweek.
Christmas… A chance of snow mixed with rain for Christmas Eve, rain on Christmas Day, cool with lows near 35F, highs about 45F, and the Full Yule Moon on Christmas morning.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are near 40F in the passes; rain developing today, temps 40-45F. Valley destinations are expecting showers turning to rain, the thermometer rising to 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light west winds, high of 40F, and then a Winter Storm Watch goes into effect tonight for snow, freezing rain, sleet and strong east winds. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow on the highways this morning with temperatures 25-30F, chains or traction tires are required; a Winter Storm Watch is in effect for 1-3 inches of snow on the mountain highways today, then up to a foot tonight, the snow level is well below the passes at 3,000 feet.
Marine: The one-day weather window is closing as breeze and seas rebuild today; this morning, the wind is WSW 10-15 knots and swells are up to 14 feet at 16 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas are in effect until this afternoon when they’re replaced by a Gale Warning through tomorrow morning. Southerlies rising today to 20-25 knots with swells 14 feet, and then tonight S wind 25-30 knots gusting 35-40 and combined rough seas growing to 15-18 feet at 17 seconds. Tomorrow, SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 35 with combined seas 15 feet. Outlook is for easing winds and swells on Friday, but additional storms Saturday and Sunday are expected to bring SW winds 20-25 knots and push seas up to near 20 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rainy and breezy, surf 10-15 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/16 Wed 09:27 AM 3.39 L
12/16 Wed 03:16 PM 7.93 H
12/16 Wed 09:50 PM 0.23 L
12/17 Thu 04:45 AM 8.19 H
In Short: Showers turning to heavy rain, windy, then continued stormy.