Summary: A nice blend of weather yesterday, mixed sky, cool with showers.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/38F/0.17”
Depoe Bay: 47F/32F/0.23”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 100’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: E 10 mph/Altimeter: 30.20”
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for low elevation snow and ice possible in much of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon Wednesday and Wednesday night as a Winter storm system impacts the region. Moisture will spread north during the day Wednesday, then move off to the east later Wednesday night and early Thursday. There is still a lot of uncertainty about precipitation type and amounts. At this time, the most likely solution is for some light snow in the northwest portions of the area mainly Wednesday afternoon and evening. Farther south will probably see a period, possibly brief, of snow before mixing with freezing rain and sleet. Heavier precipitation amounts will tend to be in the southeast part of our forecast area. Coastal sections may see a light mix of rain or snow though southern sections near Newport could see mostly rain. The models are indicating that the precipitation may change back to mostly snow later Wednesday night before decreasing. While this is the most likely solution, there is still some model uncertainty, therefore a lot can change between now and then.
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Forecast: So, here we go again. The Central Coast will be right on the edge of any impacts from the Wintry storm system expected this week. Today, there should be a fair amount of sunshine, light east winds and a high around 45F. Patchy frost tonight, low 35F. Rain is predicted for tomorrow, a bit of east wind and the thermometer rising to 40F. Outlook is for a possible rain/snow shower mix tomorrow night through Sunday, colder, the mercury dipping to near freezing at night and rising to only 40F during the days; warming with a chance of rain on Monday.
Christmas Eve/Day… Showers/rain, low 35F, high 45F.
Today’s North Pole Conditions… -24F, fair skies and calm.
Travel: There are patches of black ice and frost on the roads around Lincoln County this morning, so drive slowly and carefully. In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement, areas of black ice and frost, with 30-33F in the passes; patchy freezing fog early, partly sunny later today, temperatures rising to 40F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting patchy freezing fog, partial clearing, the thermometer peaking at 40F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of rain/snow showers, east winds gusting 20 to 30 mph, high of 35F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow, temps are near 15F, chains or traction tires are required over the all passes; a chance of snow flurries today, the snow level is at the surface. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Rather benign conditions offshore this morning with ENE winds 5-10 knots and seas down to 6 feet at 9 seconds. NE winds rising to 10-15 knots gusting 20 today, tonight and tomorrow, swells 4-6 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for continued northerlies 10-15 knots occasionally gusting 20 Thursday through Saturday with swells 4-7 feet throughout the period. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/13 Tue 11:04 AM 10.46 H King Tide
12/13 Tue 05:50 PM -1.78 L
12/14 Wed 12:29 AM 8.36 H
12/14 Wed 05:43 AM 2.78 L
In Short: Clearing, cooler, then rain, possible rain/snow mix.