Summary: Sunny and chilly yesterday, clear and cold overnight, cloudy this morning.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 43F/31F
Depoe Bay: 43F/29F
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 4,700’, overcast @ 5,500’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 7 mph/Altimeter: 30.38”
If you’re planning a trip over the Coast Range and to Salem or Portland today, be prepared for Winter driving conditions.
The Winter Weather Advisory issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect from 7:00am to 10:00pm today for the I-5 corridor from Portland Metro down through the Willamette Valley to Salem. Occasional light snow will spread slowly south and east across the region through the morning, reaching the Portland area by late morning, and the Salem area around 1:00pm. Snow will decrease later in the afternoon into the early evening. Accumulation will likely only be a dusting to perhaps half an inch. The thin layer of new snow on top of icy roads will make for slick conditions. Also, with temperatures staying below freezing and cloudy skies, not much in the way of melting is expected.
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
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Forecast: The chances for snow along the Central Coast today are somewhere between slim and none. Meteorologists have been back and forth on the amount, if any, that may fall here. Temperatures will be cold enough early in the day, but by the time the moisture arrives later, whatever snow hits the ground will probably be mixed with rain and vanish quickly. High today around 40F. Tonight, a slight chance of rain showers, the mercury dips to the low-30s. Mostly cloudy and warmer tomorrow, high about 45F with light southeast winds. Outlook is for rain, possibly heavy at times, Monday and Tuesday, drying and clearing Wednesday, rain/showers likely Thursday and Friday. The thermometer should be about average for this time of year with highs of 45-50F and lows 40-45F.
Christmas Eve/Day… Showers/rain, low 35F, high 45F.
Today’s North Pole Conditions… 4F, mostly cloudy and calm.
Travel: With temperatures well below freezing, expect patches of frost and black ice on roads around the Central Coast this morning. In the Coast Range, there’s ice on the pavement, and 20-25F in the passes, carry chains or use traction tires; patchy freezing fog/drizzle early today followed by occasional snow this afternoon, accumulations up to an inch, highs 30-35F. Willamette Valley highways have areas of ice this morning; occasional light snow today, heaviest between Salem and Portland, high 35F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for occasional snow, accumulations of an inch or less, light northeast winds, high 25F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and ice, temps are very cold, 5-10F, carry chains or use traction tires; partly cloudy this morning, occasional snow later today, accumulations around an inch. Outlook for weekend travelers is 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: Not much going on offshore this morning with SE winds 10-15 knots and seas 5 feet at 8 seconds. The breeze veers to SW 5-10 knots mid-morning then to NW 10-15 knots this afternoon, swells 5 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, N winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 and swells 6 feet at 15 seconds. Light southerlies tomorrow, 5-10 knots, swells 5 feet. Outlook is for SW winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 on Monday, swells 8 feet, a gale is expected Tuesday with W winds 25-35 knots and combined seas building to 19 feet, then SE winds 20-25 knots, swells around 15 feet on Wednesday. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Chance of rain/snow, chilly, 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.
12/17 Sat 08:18 AM 3.10 L
12/17 Sat 02:16 PM 9.14 H
12/17 Sat 08:54 PM -0.74 L
12/18 Sun 03:44 AM 8.40 H
In Short: Possible Wintry mix, cool, then warming and stormy.