Summary: You didn’t have to sit on the edge of your seat yesterday waiting for possible Wintry weather. Conditions were about average for late Fall. High temps peaked in the low-50s, it was windy at times and showers of varying intensity produced precip totals of varying intensity, though generally around a third of an inch. The showers came to an end ’round midnight, skies turned partly cloudy and lows dipped into the 40s. This morning there were sucker holes in the overcast, the breeze was very light out of the north, even dead calm in some areas.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 3,000’, broken @ 3,600’ & 7,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 29.97”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/44F/29mph/0.47”
Depoe Bay: 52F/42F/35mph/0.26”
Forecast: Northwest Oregon has been given the All Clear this morning as far as advisories, watches or warnings are concerned. Warming temperatures have brushed Winter aside for at least a few days. On the Central Coast, showers this morning, rain midday, showers again this afternoon and tonight, steady rain returns tomorrow. Breezy with highs about 50F and a low of 45F. Outlook is for showers Monday, partly sunny and cooler Tuesday and Wednesday, and then showers Wednesday through Friday with some extended forecasts showing a possibility of a Wintry precip mix late in the week. The mercury dips below seasonal as highs top out around 45F and lows slump to 35F.
Christmas Eve/Day… Realizing that it’s challenging enough getting the forecast right even for the next 24-36 hours, the long-range 14-day computer prediction models for Christmas weekend are out. We’ll be updating this section daily tracking the ever-elusive possibility of a White Christmas. As of this morning, the first look shows rain showers with a high of 44F and low of 39F.
North Pole Weather Conditions… And, just for fun, there’ll be daily updates on current conditions at the North Pole. (Because there isn’t a weather station at the geographic pole, we’ll use North Pole, Alaska, near Fairbanks for these reports.) Today, it is -23F, calm and clear.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement with possible patches of ice and 30-35F in the passes; rainy and breezy today, temperatures 40-45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, the thermometer rising to 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for freezing rain this morning, then just rain this afternoon, east wind gusting 25 mph, high of 30-35F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow this morning, temps are near 30F, chains or traction tires are required over all the passes; numerous snow showers today with an additional 1-4 inches of snow above 3,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly wet roads at the lower elevations but continued accumulating snow (up to a foot) in the Cascade highway passes through tomorrow night, the snow level will stay at 2,500-3,000 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Seas are 10 feet at 11 seconds this morning with a SW wind 10-20 knots. Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas are in effect through tomorrow. Sou’westers rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and tonight, square seas 11 feet at 11 seconds. Tomorrow, the breeze eases a little to W 15-25 knots but seas remain rough 11-footers at 11 seconds. Outlook is for NW winds 10 knots on Monday veering to E in the afternoon, swells subsiding to 7 feet, E winds 10-15 knots Tuesday and Wednesday, swells 4-6 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, 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.
12/10 Sat 08:39 AM 9.24 H
12/10 Sat 03:20 PM 0.44 L
12/10 Sat 09:40 PM 7.10 H
12/11 Sun 03:03 AM 2.46 L
In Short: Rain, windy, showers, then wet and cool.