Sunday, Dec. 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: Showers, sunbreaks and stunning rainbows highlighted yesterday’s blend.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 49F/42F/28mph/0.99”
Depoe Bay: 47F/40F/37mph/0.76”
The High Wind Warning ends at 9:00am this morning. Then, a High Wind Watch is in effect for the Central Coast tomorrow from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Southwest winds 40-45 mph gusting as high as 70 mph are possible. Strong winds could extend into the Willamette Valley with this event.
A Hydrologic Outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service for another round of heavy rain from a strong storm system Monday which may lead to possible flooding of rivers in Northwest Oregon later Monday into Tuesday. There is considerable uncertainty about this event, but with soils already very saturated from near record rains this month, the rain that may come Monday could lead to more flooding. Rainfall amounts of 2-4 inches are possible in the Cascades, on the coast and in the coastal mountains. Rivers most at risk for this round of rain are rivers draining the North and Central Oregon Coast Range, as well as those draining the North and Central Oregon Cascades and foothills. The main stem Willamette River will continue to run high as well.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Cascades where 4-8 inches of new snow is expected above 2,500 feet today.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the Cascades tomorrow when 6-10 inches of snow and winds 30-40 mph gusting up to 75 could make travel extremely hazardous.
A Storm Watch is in effect for Central Coast offshore waters tomorrow when south winds 30-40 knots gusting 45-55 and rough seas near 20 feet are expected.
Forecast: The wind and rain settle down today with gusts dropping to 25 mph, about a half inch of the wet stuff and a high of 50F. Showers are likely tonight, low of 40F. The next storm comes roaring in tomorrow with strong southerlies gusting 60-70 mph and rainfall around an inch. Outlook is for rain likely but less wind Tuesday through Thursday, highs of 45F and lows of 35-40F.
Christmas… Showers, possibly mixed with snow, and cooler for Christmas Eve, lows 30-35F, then a slight chance of showers early Christmas Day followed by some sunshine in the afternoon, high about 45F; the Full Yule Moon occurs at 3:11am on Christmas morning.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are right at 40F in the passes; showers today, temp 45F. Valley destinations are expecting rain turning to showers, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain early, showers later, west winds gusting 25 mph, high of 45F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow on the highways this morning and it’s snowing with temperatures steady near 25F, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 2:00pm this afternoon for snow showers likely with 4-8 inches accumulation in the passes, the snow level is 2,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers in Northwest Oregon is wet pavement at the lower elevations, but snow on the Cascade highways as another 3-6 inches is expected tonight, the snow level remaining well below the passes at 2,500 feet.
NOTE: Those planning holiday trips over the Cascades should be prepared for Winter driving conditions. Snow is projected at highway pass level every day from Monday through Thursday. There’s also a possibility of snow in the Coast Range passes on Christmas Eve.
Marine: Winds are westerly 20-30 knots this morning with rough seas 17 feet at 10 seconds. The breeze should be falling to W 15-25 knots today and seas subsiding to 14 feet at 14 seconds by this afternoon. A Storm Watch then goes into effect late tonight as SW winds rise to 35 knots by 3:00am and then to steady 30-40 knots gusting 45-55 tomorrow and combined steep seas building to 21 feet at 15 seconds. Outlook is for SW winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 on Tuesday with seas 17 feet, W winds 25-30 knots on Wednesday, and then a NW breeze 20-25 knots, swells 19 feet on Thursday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers 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.
12/20 Sun 07:25 AM 9.00 H
12/20 Sun 02:07 PM 1.28 L
12/20 Sun 08:19 PM 6.55 H
12/21 Mon 01:43 AM 2.60 L
In Short: Showers, continued stormy, then cooling and clearing.