Summary: The way social media lit up yesterday morning, you would have thought we were having a blizzard. Turns out, it doesn’t take more than a few snowflakes to generate a lot of excitement in an area that has consistently been lurking on the edge of Winter weather this season, but hasn’t really had anything beyond a bit of frost (and a very light dusting of snow in some places). It was chilly as the mercury stalled in the low-40s, there wasn’t much wind and skies vacillated between overcast and sunny. Ditto overnight with lows dipping to the freezing mark. At dawn, high thin clouds hazed the waning gibbous Moon, cars and rooftops were frosty, and the east wind blew lightly at 5-10 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 6 mph/Altimeter: 30.54”
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 44F/33F
Depoe Bay: 42F/31F
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Forecast: We’re on the cusp of a change to wetter and warmer weather. It’ll still be chilly, but dry, today with a high of 40-45F and light east winds. Tonight, the breeze goes south on us, clouds thicken, temps remain steady in the mid-40s and rain develops by morning. A fair-sized low pressure system impacts our area tomorrow bringing rain, possibly heavy at times, sou’westers 20-25 mph gusting 40 and the thermometer takes a stab at 50F. Outlook is for even heavier rain, maybe an inch or two, Monday night with south winds gusting 50-plus mph, rain Tuesday, mostly sunny Wednesday, rain likely Thursday, then showers Friday and Saturday. Temps near seasonal with highs of 45-50F and lows 35-40F
Christmas Eve/Day… Showers/rain, low 35-40F, high 45-50F.
Today’s North Pole Conditions… 12F, cloudy, east wind 6 mph.
Travel: With temperatures near freezing, patches of frost are possible on roads around the Central Coast this morning. In the Coast Range, there are spots of ice on the pavement and 25-30F in the passes; patchy freezing fog early today, then mostly cloudy, highs 35-40F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting patchy freezing fog this morning, then mostly cloudy and warmer, highs 35-40F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, light and variable winds, high 30F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and ice this morning, temps are 15-20F, carry chains or use traction tires; partly sunny today, the free air freezing level is at the surface. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry with patches of snow and ice still possible at all elevations tonight. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: One more day of light easterly breezes and small swells before the southerly storms return. This morning, winds are SSE 5-10 knots with seas just 5 feet at 14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect from this evening through late tonight at which time it will be replaced by a Gale Warning through tomorrow afternoon. Winds veering to S 5-10 knots gusting 15 today, swells 4 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, southerlies rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 and seas building to 10 feet at 6 seconds. SW winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 tomorrow, combined seas 14 feet at 15 seconds. Outlook is for W winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 Tuesday, rough seas 20 feet at 14 seconds, S winds 20-25 knots Wednesday, swells 14 feet, and then back to southerlies 20-25 knots Thursday with swells holding around 14 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Mixed sky, cool, light breeze, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/18 Sun 09:15 AM 3.23 L
12/18 Sun 03:08 PM 8.32 H
12/18 Sun 09:41 PM 0.04 L
12/19 Mon 04:33 AM 8.25 H
In Short: Mostly cloudy, cool, then warming and stormy.