Monday, Dec. 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s weather included showers, sunbreaks and thunderstorms.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/42F/32mph/1.43”
Depoe Bay: 52F/40F/36mph/1.38”
A High Wind Warning is in effect for the Central Coast until 2:00pm this afternoon. In coastal communities, south to southwest wind increasing to 30-40 mph with gusts 55-65. On beaches and headlands, south to southwest wind increasing to 35-45 mph with gusts 70-80 mph. Peak wind gusts likely between 8:00am and Noon. These winds will make travel along the coast extremely hazardous today. Saturated soils combined with the unusually strong winds will likely damage or even uproot some trees, causing damage and disrupting power.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Cascades today as 10-18 inches of snow and winds up to 50 mph will create near-blizzard conditions and make driving treacherous.
A Storm Warning is in effect for Central Coast offshore waters today with south to southwest winds 30-40 knots gusting 45-55 and rough seas 20-25 feet.
Forecast: This last day of Fall is gonna be a barnburner with very high winds and another dousing of rain. Wind gusts to 65 mph and up to an inch of rain are expected with a high around 50F. This is also the shortest day of the year with only 8 hours and 48 minutes of daylight; tomorrow will be 1 second longer. Showers tonight, with the Solstice occurring at 8:49pm and the official beginning of Winter. Rain again tomorrow, much lighter winds and a high again of 50F. Outlook is for rain Wednesday and showers on Thursday.
Christmas… Showers and cooler for Christmas Eve, low 35-40F, then a slight chance of showers early Christmas Day followed by mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon, high about 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, temperatures are 35-40F in the passes; a High Wind Warning is in effect until 4:00pm this afternoon with gusts 50-70 mph, rain, temps 45-50F. Valley destinations have a High Wind Warning in effect for winds gusting to 50 mph, rain turning to showers, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge also has a High Wind Warning in effect, the forecast calls for rain early, showers later, west winds gusting 60 mph, high of 45F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow on the highways this morning and it’s snowing with temperatures near 25F, chains or traction tires are required on all the passes; a Winter Storm Warning is in effect today with up to a foot of snow accumulation and winds gusting to 70 mph, the snow level is 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 through Thursday. There’s also a possibility of snow in the Coast Range passes on Christmas Eve.
Marine: S winds are howling at 35-45 knots this morning and very rough seas have grown to 17 feet at just 8 seconds. A Storm Warning is in effect for S winds 35-40 knots gusting 50-55 this morning then easing to W 30-35 knots gusting 45 this afternoon, seas building to 20-25 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, NW winds 20-25 knots gusting 35, swells about 20 feet. Southerlies again tomorrow but ‘just’ 20-25 knots gusting 30 and seas ‘down’ to 15 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for W winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 Wednesday, combined seas 22 feet, and then NW winds 15-20 knots Thursday and Friday with swells 15-17 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, extremely breezy, surf 20′ feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches today. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
12/21 Mon 08:19 AM 9.39 H
12/21 Mon 03:08 PM 0.41 L
12/21 Mon 09:32 PM 6.90 H
12/22 Tue 02:45 AM 2.91 L
In Short: Showers, very windy, then more rain and wind.