Summary: It looked like a Winter wonderland in some areas yesterday, Lincoln City for instance, where hail fell thick enough to cover the ground. And just to the east in places like Siletz, over near Eddyville, at Alsea Summit and on Murphy and Dudlee Hills, there was a thin blanket of wet snow. Fairly intense showers were hit and miss producing anywhere from a third of an inch to over an inch of liquid precipitation at our reporting stations. The mercury averaged in the mid-40s, climbing higher in areas with prolonged periods of clearing between the showers. Overnight, showers continued until around 3:00am and temps dipped to near freezing. By daybreak, skies became mostly clear above with some fog down low and windshields were icy.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: ENE 7 mph/Pressure: 29.88”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 45F/36F/1.17”
Depoe Bay: 41F/32F/0.36”
Forecast: A stray shower or two remain possible this morning but otherwise expect some decent clearing today, light north winds and a high about 45F. Mainly clear tonight and early tomorrow, too, with a low again near freezing and a high of 40F. Increasing clouds tomorrow afternoon will set the stage for the next storm system projected to arrive in the evening. Outlook is for rainy and breezy Thursday, then showers Friday through Monday. Temps should be seasonal with highs near 50F and lows about 40F. While it looks like we’ll just see rain here, the rest of Northwest Oregon is in line for some Wintry weather Wednesday night and Thursday before it warms up.
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Travel: With temperatures at or near freezing early today, black ice is possible just about anywhere along the Central Coast, so keep your eyes peeled for the shiny stuff. In the Coast Range this morning, it’s snowing in spots with areas of slush on the pavement, some icy patches elsewhere, and 30-32F in the passes; rain and snow showers this morning, partly sunny this afternoon, the snow level is 1,000 feet, high temperature 35-40F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain and snow showers early, sunshine later, the thermometer rising to 40F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a slight chance of rain showers, gradually becoming mostly sunny, light northwest 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; snow showers continue this morning becoming partly sunny this afternoon, the snow level is 1,000 feet. NOTE: Travel conditions away from the Central Coast are predicted to be hazardous throughout Northwest Oregon Wednesday night and Thursday with snow, sleet and freezing rain. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Fairly light winds this morning, NNE 5-15 knots, but seas are still rough 13 footers at 14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this afternoon. Winds becoming NW 15-20 knots this afternoon and swells subside to 10 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, NE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, swells 8 feet at 11 seconds. A stronger easterly is expected tomorrow, 15-20 knots gusting 25, but swells dip to just 5 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for the next storm system to elbow its way in Thursday with S winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 and combined seas 14 feet at 13 seconds, a sou’wester 25-30 knots Friday, combined seas 17 feet, and then W winds 20-25 knots on Saturday with swells around 10 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Showers ending, becoming sunny, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/06 Tue 10:55 AM 3.75 L
12/06 Tue 04:34 PM 6.87 H
12/06 Tue 11:06 PM 1.16 L
12/07 Wed 06:05 AM 7.78 H
In Short: Drying, cool, then stormy.