Summary: All day long, it ‘felt’ like it was going snow, but the thermometer was uncooperative hovering just above the freezing mark. So, while the rest of Northwest Oregon was under siege from the Winter storm, the Central Coast once again escaped the ice and snow. However, there is some black ice around our area this morning, so heads-up while driving. The bulk of the rain yesterday fell between 10:00am and 6:00pm, with a little bit of drizzle reported overnight. Chilly E winds were fairly stiff at times but were down considerably by early this morning, and the mercury dipped to near freezing.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 3,400′, overcast @ 5,000′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 10 mph G31/Altimeter: 29.87”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 38F/33F/24mph/0.06”
Depoe Bay: 39F/33F/34mph/0.13”
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for occasional snow flurries and icy roads this morning. Snow flurries will continue through this morning with little to no additional snow accumulations. Occasional freezing drizzle is possible too. Temperatures are well below freezing and any water remaining on surfaces will freeze resulting in icy and slippery roads. Avoid traveling this morning if possible. If you must travel, leave plenty of time to reach your destination and prepare for winter weather conditions. If your vehicle does not have snow traction tires, make sure to carry chains. Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
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Forecast: There should be some clearing along with the clouds today, tonight and tomorrow, light east winds, little if any precipitation, highs about 40F and lows dropping to 30F or so. Outlook is for a chance of showers Saturday, a chance of rain Sunday and Monday, rain likely Tuesday, and showers on Wednesday. Temps slowly warming to seasonal as highs reach 45-50F and lows dip to 35-40F.
Christmas Eve/Day… Showers/rain, low 35-40F, high 45-50F.
Today’s North Pole Conditions… -7F, overcast and calm.
Travel: With temperatures near or a little below freezing, there are patches of black ice on the roads around the Central Coast this morning. In the Coast Range, there’s packed snow and ice on the pavement, and 25F in the passes, travel is hazardous, carry chains or use traction tires; occasional snow flurries today, high 35-40F. Willamette Valley highways have packed snow and ice, chains or traction tires are required in many places including on I-5 from Salem to Portland; snow flurries, partly sunny, high 30-35F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for occasional flurries and freezing drizzle, icy roads, high 30F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow, temps are 10-20F, chains or traction tires are required; mostly cloudy with occasional snow flurries today. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: ESE winds are blowing 10-15 knots this morning with seas 5-6 feet at 10 seconds. N winds 5-10 knots today, swells 5 feet at 14 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, northerlies 10-15 knots, swells 5 feet at 8-9 seconds. Outlook is for N wind backing to W 5-10 knots Saturday and Sunday, swells 6 feet, and then SW winds 20-25 knots with combined seas building to 15 feet on Monday. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Partly sunny, light breeze, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/15 Thu 06:34 AM 2.86 L
12/15 Thu 12:39 PM 10.28 H King Tide
12/15 Thu 07:22 PM -1.81 L
12/16 Fri 02:07 AM 8.61 H
In Short: Clearing, cool, then warmer and wet.