Summary: Overcast gave way to mostly clear skies yesterday and overnight; chilly and frosty this morning.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 40F/32F
Depoe Bay: 41F/29F
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 9 mph/Altimeter: 29.98”
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for all of Northwest Oregon, including the Central Coast. Freezing temperatures and icy roads will continue through the weekend, with low elevation snow possible Saturday morning and afternoon. A very cold airmass remains in place the next couple of days and temperatures will be mostly below freezing. The cold temperatures will freeze any moisture lingering on surfaces and maintain icy and slippery roads.
Temperatures will be coldest tonight into Saturday morning as the Columbia River Gorge, Upper Hood River Valley and the Cascade Foothills will drop below 10F. Temperatures in the South Willamette Valley and the Lane County Cascades will likely be around 20F. The Coast will be below 30F. The airmass will not likely moderate before a weak weather system brings moisture to the area Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon producing light snow for areas mainly north of Corvallis. Snow accumulations of around a half inch are possible down to the valley floor with local amounts of an inch or so for the higher elevations of the Coast Range and the Cascade Foothills.
Please be mindful of this snow possibility when planning activities on Saturday, and minimize travel if possible. If you must travel early Saturday afternoon, be prepared for Winter weather driving conditions and leave plenty of room between vehicles.
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Forecast: The first two snowfalls of the season missed the Central Coast, but it looks like we have another chance tomorrow. With the projected southern edge of the snow line between Newport and Corvallis, it is possible we’ll see a dusting from this latest event. Today, nothing much in the cards other than chilly temperatures, highs in the upper 30s and light east winds. The mercury dips into the upper-20s tonight under mostly clear skies. Tomorrow we have a slight (20%) chance of snow on and off during the day, but highs of 35-40F will prevent much, if any, accumulation. Outlook is for cloudy Sunday, rainy and windy Monday and Tuesday, partial clearing Wednesday and then back to rain on Thursday. The thermometer is expected to run near seasonal with highs of 45-50F and lows about 40F through the week.
Christmas Eve/Day… Showers/rain, low 35F, high 45F.
Today’s North Pole Conditions… 12F, light snow and calm.
Travel: With temperatures near or a little below freezing this morning, patches of frost and black ice are possible on roads around the Central Coast. In the Coast Range, there’s ice on the pavement, and 20F in the passes, travel remains sketchy, carry chains or use traction tires; partly cloudy with patchy freezing fog today, high 30-35F. Willamette Valley highways have some remaining areas of packed snow and ice, carry chains or use traction tires; patchy freezing fog and partly sunny today, high 30F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light east winds, icy roads, high 25F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow, temps are 10-20F, chains or traction tires are required; partly sunny, chance of snow showers today. Outlook for weekend travelers is for ice- and snow-covered roads possible at all elevations tonight through Sunday night, be prepared for Winter driving conditions. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Benign conditions offshore this morning with ENE winds 5-10 knots and seas 4 feet at 8 seconds. NE winds 5-15 knots today and tonight, swells 3-5 feet at 9 seconds. Tomorrow, W winds veering NW in the afternoon 10-15 knots, swells 6 feet. Outlook is for light southerlies 5-10 knots on Sunday, swells holding at 6 feet, then a storm system impacts local waters Monday and Tuesday with SW winds rising to 25-30 knots and combined seas building to 16-19 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, cold, light breeze, 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.
12/16 Fri 07:25 AM 2.96 L
12/16 Fri 01:27 PM 9.81 H
12/16 Fri 08:08 PM -1.38 L
12/17 Sat 02:55 AM 8.54 H
In Short: Mainly clear and cold, chance of snow, then warmer and wet.