Summary: We’ll put yesterday down in the books as a Sandwich Day. True to the forecast, we had showers in the morning and afternoon, with a few hours of steady rain sandwiched in between. Sunbreaks during the showery parts of the day were just long enough to get your hopes up before being abruptly dashed by the next deluge. Precip totals ranged from a few hundredths to over half an inch, southerly winds gusted 40-50 mph and the high only reached about 50F. Showers and a blustery southwest breeze continued overnight, the thermometer slipped into the lower-40s. At daybreak, it was mostly cloudy and windy.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 2,900’, broken @ 4,000’ & 7,500’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: WSW 18 mph G24/Altimeter: 30.05”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/43F/43mph/0.45”
Depoe Bay: 50F/41F/50mph/0.13”
Forecast: A couple more wet days in store before we see some drying and colder temperatures. Today and tonight, expect showers to continue with rainfall totals up to an inch, west winds 15-20 mph gusting 25 or so, highs of 45-50F, and a low near 40F. After a few showers tomorrow morning, expect mostly cloudy skies, a light breeze and the mercury rising to 45F. Outlook is for mostly clear and colder Tuesday and Wednesday, highs 40-45F and frosty lows dipping to 30F, then a chance of a rain/snow mix Thursday and Friday, colder and clearing Saturday with highs of 35-40F and a low in the 20s. The jury’s still out on what could become another Winter weather event at the lower elevations late in the week; as of today, projections show only a slight possibility of freezing precipitation developing on the Central Coast.
Christmas Eve/Day… Showers, low 40F, high 45F.
Today’s North Pole Conditions… -18F, scattered clouds and calm.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 35-40F in the passes; showers and breezy today, temperatures 40-45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, the thermometer peaking at 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, southwest wind 5-10 mph, high of 35-40F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and it’s snowing this morning, temps are near 30F, chains or traction tires are required over the passes; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for numerous snow showers today with an additional 6-10 inches of snow above 2,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet roads at the lower elevations but continued accumulating snow (another 3-7 inches) in the Cascade highway passes tonight, the snow level will stay at 2,500-3,000 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Winds are WSW 20 knots this morning with choppy seas 11-12 feet at 12 seconds. Small Craft Advisories are in effect for winds and hazardous seas through late tonight. Winds becoming W 20-25 knots gusting 30 today, combined seas 12 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, westerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 and square seas 10 feet at 10 seconds. The breeze eases to SW 5-10 knots tomorrow with swells subsiding to 7 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for NE winds 5-15 knots Tuesday and Wednesday, swells 4-5 feet, and N winds 15-20 knots Thursday, swells around 4 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
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.
12/11 Sun 09:28 AM 9.78 H
12/11 Sun 04:12 PM -0.53 L
12/11 Sun 10:41 PM 7.59 H
12/12 Mon 03:58 AM 2.61 L
In Short: Showers, windy, then drying and cold.