Summary: Yesterday unfolded about like predictions with a relatively dry period sandwiched between two bouts of rain. Fortunately, the least precipitation came during the daylight hours with only a handful of brief showers between 10:00am and 7:00pm. Highs came in around 50F. Frequent rain showers continued throughout the night and lows dropped to just above freezing in most locations; Newport Airport hit 34F for the lowest. This morning, while much of Northwest Oregon is dealing with patches of slushy or snow snow-covered roads, we’re just plain wet with a light east wind.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 3,700’ & 4,400’, broken @ 6,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 10 mph/Pressure: 30.01”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 50F/39F/27mph/0.48”
Depoe Bay: 49F/35F/28mph/0.61”
Forecast: (NOTE: If you plan to head inland today away from the immediate Central Coast, make sure you check out the Travel section below for the latest on road and weather conditions outside our area.) As anticipated, it isn’t quite cold enough for snow to fall here, but it’ll still be cool today and tonight, high 40-45F, low 35F, with showers producing up to an inch of (liquid) precipitation. Tomorrow, a slight chance of showers in the morning, then sunny in the afternoon, high about 45F. Outlook is for partly sunny Wednesday, rain Thursday and Friday, showers Saturday and Sunday. The mercury moderates slowly through the week to around seasonal normals with highs of 45-50F and lows of 40-45F.
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Travel: A Winter Weather Advisory is posted for all of Northwest Oregon except the immediate coastline for light snow accumulations possible down to the low elevations today.
In the Coast Range this morning, there’s some snow on the pavement in spots, icy patches elsewhere, and 30-32F in the passes; rain and snow showers today, the snow level 500 to 1,000 feet, high temperatures 35-40F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain and snow showers, little or no accumulation expected (any accumulations should be Salem north to Portland, just wet from Salem to Eugene), the thermometer hovering around 35-40F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain and snow showers, some spotty snow accumulation possible, light southwest winds, high of 35F. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered this morning, it’s snowing, temps are near 20F, chains or traction tires are required over all passes. An additional 3-6 inches of snow today, the snow level is 1,500 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Winds are southerly 10-20 knots this morning with seas 13 feet at 15 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through Tuesday afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this afternoon. W winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 today, square seas 13 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, N to NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 and swells 12 feet at 12 seconds. The breeze eases to N 10-15 knots tomorrow with swells subsiding to 10 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for E winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 on Wednesday, swells down to 5 feet, then SW winds rising again to 20-25 knots gusting 30 Thursday, combined seas 13 feet, and W winds 20-25 knots, swells 17 feet on Friday. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/5 Mon 09:50 AM 4.02 L
12/5 Mon 03:29 PM 7.35 H
12/5 Mon 10:14 PM 0.71 L
12/6 Tue 05:14 AM 7.54 H
In Short: Showers, cool, brief drying, then stormy.