Summary: Sun early yesterday, overcast later, chilly, gusty east winds.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Precip…
Lincoln City: 39F/34F/22mph/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 40F/29F/24mph/0.01”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 1,200’, overcast @ 2,000’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: E 25 mph G32/Pressure: 29.69”
A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the Central Coast area away from the immediate coastline until 1:00pm this afternoon. Freezing rain, possibly mixed initially for a short time with sleet or a little snow, until early afternoon. Precipitation should turn to all rain around or just after noon. Snow accumulations from a trace to less than an inch. Ice accumulations up to one or two tenths of an inch. Mainly areas inland more than a couple of miles will be affected most. Travel will be difficult at times as roads become icy.
A Winter Storm Warning for the rest of Northwest Oregon, including the Coast Range, remains in effect until 2:00pm this afternoon, except for Portland Metro and the Columbia River Gorge where wintry precipitation is expected to last until late this evening or early tomorrow. 1-4 inches of snow, and ice accumulations up to a quarter inch from freezing rain are possible. Heavier amounts in the Gorge. Travel will be hazardous with roads becoming snow- and ice-covered.
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Forecast: Looks like we dodged the bullet. As mentioned here yesterday, predicting Winter weather on the Central Coast is a tough call. Up through early this morning, forecasters were still touting freezing rain, possibly mixed with a little sleet or snow. But as the precipitation arrived at daybreak, conditions changed slightly and they now expect plain rain except for some brief sleet in isolated areas. Not the case even a couple miles inland, where the threat of a Wintry mix continues through this afternoon. So, on the immediate coastline and in our local communities, mainly just regular old rain today, the mercury rising to 50F, gusty east winds early becoming south this afternoon 20-30 mph. Tonight, rain, breezy, temps steady around 50F. The rain turns to showers tomorrow, sou’westers 20-25 mph gusting 35, and cooling to 45F. Outlook is for showers Saturday through Tuesday, then rain likely Wednesday. Seasonal temperatures are expected with highs about 50F and lows near 40F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there has been some sleet and freezing rain on Highway 20 at Dudlee Hill, but still dry on Highway 18 at the Murphy Hill summit, areas of icy pavement elsewhere, and 30F in the passes; accumulating snow, sleet and freezing rain possible today, high temperature rising to 40-45F this afternoon. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting snow, sleet and freezing rain most of the day, thermometer readings between 30F and 40F, coldest near Portland Metro. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for snow, possibly heavy at times, accumulations 3-7 inches, east wind 40 mph gusting 55 or more, high of 25F. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered and icy this morning, temps 10-15F, carry chains or use traction tires; 6-10 inches of snow possible in the passes today with pockets of freezing rain, the free air freezing level is at the surface. NOTE: Travel conditions are predicted to become hazardous throughout all of Northwest Oregon today with snow, sleet and freezing rain. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: E winds are blowing 15-25 knots gusting 30 this morning with seas just 5-6 feet at 5 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this evening. Winds becoming S 25-30 knots gusting 35 today and tonight, combined seas 8-10 feet at 11-12 seconds. Tomorrow, the breeze veer to SW 20-25 knots early increasing to 25-35 knots in the afternoon and combined seas 12 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for sou’westers 25-30 knots gusting 35 on Saturday with combined seas building to 20 feet, W winds 15 knots, seas 9 feet Sunday, and then a northeasterly breeze 10-15 knots and swells around 6 feet Monday. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, chilly, breezy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/08 Thu 06:58 AM 8.17 H
12/08 Thu 01:18 PM 2.49 L
12/08 Thu 07:13 PM 6.44 H
12/09 Fri 01:04 AM 1.96 L
In Short: Wintry precip mix possible, rain, then warmer and wet.