Summary: While Winter whirled around us, the Central Coast was an island of Autumn yesterday. Sure, the mercury hovered slightly above the freezing mark as the precipitation arrived about daybreak, but the air was just warm enough to keep any serious ice, sleet or freezing rain from developing. Go a few miles inland, and it was an entirely different story. In fact, other parts of Northwest Oregon still have some freezing rain and snow this morning. For our area, however, Thursday was a typical Fall day with gusty southerly winds, a half to two-thirds of an inch of rain and highs in the low-50s. At dawn today there was light drizzle, mostly cloudy skies and a smidge of southwest wind.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,200’, broken @ 1,900’ & 3,100’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: SW 11/Pressure: 29.86”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/35F/26mph/0.48”
Depoe Bay: 53F/36F/38mph/0.49”
Forecast: Average Autumn weather continues with showers today through tonight, southwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 20, high 50-55F and low about 45F. Rainy and windy tomorrow, southerlies 15-25 mph gusting 30 and a temp near 50F. Outlook is for rain Sunday, showers Monday, partly sunny on Tuesday, and then a chance of rain Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures a little below normal with highs of 45-50F and lows around 35-40F all week.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement with possible patches of ice and 30-32F in the passes; expect widespread rain showers and breezy conditions on Highways 18, 20 and 34 today, but freezing rain up north on Highways 6, 26 and 30 through the morning hours, high temperatures rising to 40-45F this afternoon. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain from Albany south, but a Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect until 10:00am from Salem to Portland, the thermometer rising to 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge has an Ice Storm Warning in effect until 4:00am tomorrow calling for a quarter inch or better of freezing rain, east wind 15-20 mph gusting 25 or more, high of 25-30F. For the Cascades, highways are snow- and ice-covered this morning, temps 30-35F, chains or traction tires are required over the passes; a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 4:00pm this afternoon for an additional 3-7 inches of snow above 3,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly wet roads at the lower elevations but continued accumulating snow in the Cascades through Sunday night, the snow level stays below the passes at 2,500-3,500 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: SW winds are blowing 15-20 knots this morning with choppy seas 9 feet at 8 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas are in effect now through tomorrow morning, at which time they’ll be replaced by a Gale Warning through Saturday evening. SW winds 15-20 knots gusting 30 today and tonight, swells building to 10-12 feet at 10 seconds this afternoon, and to 14 feet at 11 seconds overnight. Tomorrow, sou’westers rise to 25-30 knots gusting 40 with rough combined seas 17-20 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for W winds 15-25 knots Sunday, swells subsiding to 11 feet, northerly winds 15-20 knots Monday and Tuesday, with swells down to 5-8 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
Notices to Mariners… The US Coast Guard has activated Synthetic AIS (Automatic Identification System) identifiers on the following local aids to navigation: Yaquina Bay Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy “Y” (LLNR 645 – 9575) MMSI 993692047 Designator Y, and Yaquina Bay South Jetty Light 4 (LLNR 9605) MMSI 993692048 Designator YBSJ4. These S-AIS sites are operated though a transmitter on the US Coast Guard Lookout Tower in Newport. This tower will also broadcast an AIS station, but is not considered an aid to navigation. Its designation is MMSI 993692046. A Synthetic AIS message will not replace the aids to navigation but will coincide with the existing physical aid. Vessels with AIS capable systems will be able to see the symbology and other information on their displays. Also, due to heavy weather conditions, the dayboards on Yaquina Bay South Jetty Light 4 have been permanently removed from this aid.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, 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.
12/09 Fri 07:49 AM 8.68 H
12/09 Fri 02:23 PM 1.49 L
12/09 Fri 08:32 PM 6.67 H
12/10 Sat 02:05 AM 2.26 L
In Short: Showers, windy, then continued wet.