Summary: Mostly sunny early yesterday, high clouds later, chilly and breezy.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 43F/37F
Depoe Bay: 41F/32F
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 11,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 22 mph G31/Altimeter: 29.94”
If you plan to travel away from the immediate coastline today, be prepared for extremely hazardous driving conditions.
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service, in effect from 6:00am this morning to midnight tonight, for the Central Coast Range and the South and Central Willamette Valley, including the cities of Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis, Albany, Lebanon, Salem and McMinnville. A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected to begin early this morning and continue through this evening. There is a high degree of uncertainty of which precipitation types will prevail in this area, but liquid equivalent amounts of precipitation could be close to 1 inch, which is a lot of snow or ice. Snow accumulations 1-4 inches in the Valley, higher amounts north of Eugene with lower amounts south of Eugene. 3-6 inches in the Central Coast Range. Ice accumulations could reach as high as a quarter inch, or even close to one half inch. Roads may become snow- or ice-covered and slick causing difficult driving conditions. Ice accumulations could cause tree damage and power disruptions.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for far Northwest Oregon, including Portland Metro, for 2-4 inches of snow beginning around 11:00am today through midnight tonight.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Cascades, the Gorge and Central Oregon, beginning late this morning and extending through early tomorrow morning. Up to a foot of snow is possible.
Be sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on this latest Winter storm system. We will provide updated travel info and notification of any advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.
Forecast: Here on the Central Coast, temperatures are projected to stay above freezing today so the arriving precipitation should be just plain old rain, up to half an inch, with possibly a few snowflakes mixed in, light east winds and highs of 35-40F. Tonight, we could see some more snow mixed with the rain between dusk and midnight, but little or no snow accumulation is expected, and the thermometer drops to near freezing. Partly sunny tomorrow, a slight chance of showers, high about 40F. Outlook is for mostly clear Friday, high 40F, low 30F, a chance of showers/rain Saturday through Monday with temps above freezing, then rain likely on Tuesday. The mercury should be slowly moderating to seasonal norms through the weekend and into next week.
Christmas Eve/Day… Showers/rain, low 35-40F, high 45-50F.
Today’s North Pole Conditions… -24F, scattered clouds and calm.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s dry pavement this morning with 30F in the passes; Winter Storm Warning in effect today, see above. Willamette Valley destinations have a Winter Storm Warning in effect, see above. Portland Metro is under a Winter Weather Advisory, see above. The Columbia River Gorge forecast has a Winter Storm Warning in effect, see above. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow, temps are near 20F, chains or traction tires are required over the all passes; a Winter Storm Warning is in effect, see above. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: E winds are blowing 15-20 knots gusting 25 this morning with seas 4 feet at 16 seconds. NE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 today, swells 5 feet at 15 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, a northerly breeze 5-15 knots and swells remaining around 5 feet. Outlook is for E winds 5-15 knots Friday, N winds 10-15 knots Saturday and Sunday with swells building from 5 to 9 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/14 Wed 05:43 AM 2.78 L
12/14 Wed 11:52 AM 10.49 H King Tide
12/14 Wed 06:37 PM -1.95 L
12/15 Thu 01:19 AM 8.56 H
In Short: Rain/snow mix, clearing, then warmer and wet.