Friday, Dec. 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s rainfall was 3-4 inches, winds gusted 50-60 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*…
Lincoln City: 57F/50F/52mph/2.77”/4.56”
Depoe Bay: 55F/47F/50mph/2.81”/4.83”
* From Wednesday night through this morning.
** Newport’s 3.08” of rain on Thursday broke the old record for the date of 2.00” set in 1925.
The Flood Warning continues for the Alsea River near Tidewater. At 2:00am Friday the stage was 19.0 feet / 22046 cfs. Flood stage is 18.0 feet and flood flow is 20000 cfs. This river will crest near 21.0 feet around 10 am Friday. After the crest, this river is forecast to fall below flood stage Friday evening. A above 20 feet, water begins to surround houses at the ‘Little Albany’ community on Highway 34 near Milepost 8. Widespread pasture and dairyland flooding can be expected. Flooding of numerous roads along and near the river occurs at this level.
The Flood Warning continues for the Siletz River at Siletz. At 2:00am Friday the stage was 18.8 feet / 25561 cfs. Flood stage is 16.0 feet and flood flow is 19000 cfs. This river crested around 19 feet around 1:00am. The river is forecast to fall below flood stage Friday afternoon. Above 18 feet, expect minor flooding of a small housing development near Milepost 8 downstream from Mack Landing. Widespread lowland and pasture land flooding also occurs at this level. Flooding may be exacerbated during high tide.
The Flood Watch continues for the rest of the Central Coast. Ponding of water on roads and creek flooding are possible Thursday and Friday. Flooding of faster-responding rivers began Thursday evening 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.
Forecast: Showers and possible thunderstorms are on tap today and tonight with new rainfall about a quarter inch, light west winds, high 50F, low 40F. Tomorrow starts off showery with steady rain by late afternoon. Outlook is for the next storm to impact the area Saturday night into Sunday with southerly winds 25-35 mph gusting 50 and up to an inch of rain, and then continued rainy and windy through Wednesday.
Christmas… Rain for Christmas Eve, rain showers with possible sunbreaks on Christmas Day, lows 35-40F, highs about 45F, and the Full Yule Moon on Christmas morning.
Travel: NOTE: Landslides and high water are partially blocking many roads and highways in Northwest Oregon. Go to ODOT TripCheck (tripcheck.com) before you begin traveling today.
In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 40-45F in the passes; showers likely today, temp 45F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain turning to showers, light west winds, high of 45F. For the Cascades, slushy highways this morning with temperatures about 35F, carry chains or traction tires are required; rain and snow showers this morning, snow showers this afternoon when the snow level drops to 3,500 feet with 1-3 inches of snow expected in the passes.
Marine: SW winds are blowing 15-20 knots this morning and seas are steep 12-13 footers at 10 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until noon today. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. The breeze eases to SW 10-15 knots today and tonight with seas 10-13 feet at 11 seconds. Tomorrow, SW winds 15-20 knots and swells 13 feet at 15 seconds. Outlook is for the next storm to arrive Saturday night packing southerlies 30-35 knots gusting 45 and combined rough seas building to 17-20 feet at 15 seconds, then W to SW winds 20-35 knots Sunday through Tuesday, swells 15-20 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notices to Mariners… Yaquina Bay Entrance Lighted Gong Buoy 1 Light has been extinguished; Yaquina Bay South Jetty Light 4 has been destroyed; Yaquina Bay Channel Light Buoy 9 is showing an improper characteristic.
On the Beach… Showers and breezy, surf 18-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/18 Fri 11:43 AM 2.76 L
12/18 Fri 05:34 PM 6.77 H
12/18 Fri 11:38 PM 1.51 L
12/19 Sat 06:29 AM 8.65 H
In Short: Showers, then continued stormy.