Summary: Mixed sky and cool yesterday, wind and rain arrived early this morning.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 46F/34F/20mph/0.36”
Depoe Bay: 46F/34F/31mph/0.28”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 900’
Visibility: 4 miles/Wind: S 21 mph G31/Altimeter: 30.31”
A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from this evening through
late tonight. South to southwest winds 25-35 mph with gusts 55-65 mph from around 8:00pm this evening through Tuesday morning. The gusts will be strongest along exposed beaches and headlands. These winds may produce spotty power outages and damage any unsecured objects like deck/patio furniture and construction scaffolding. The strong winds may also pose a safety hazard for individuals or high profile vehicles. A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur.
A Hydrologic Outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service for Northwest Oregon, including the Central Coast. Heavy rain and snowmelt will heighten flood potential across Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon. A wet and mild front will push into the region Monday. Rain will be heavy at times Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning. Rainfall of 3-5 inches is expected over the Coast and Coast Range, with 2-3 inches over the Cascades. For the interior lowlands, rainfall of an inch to an inch and a half can be expected. At the same time, snow levels will be rising on Monday, reaching near 6,000 feet Monday night into early Tuesday. This warmer air, combined with the rain, will lead to snowmelt. Significant snowmelt will occur in the Coast Range and the foothills of the Cascades. Snow levels will drop back to around 3,000 feet on Tuesday afternoon.
Across urban areas, rain combined with the melting of ice and snow will lead to rising levels on small streams. Also, expect ponding of water in areas with poor drainage. In all, there is moderate potential of some flooding on rivers and streams draining the Coast Range, and low to moderate potential on streams and rivers across the interior later Monday night through Tuesday. Persons living along rivers draining the Coast Range should pay attention for any updates and potential flooding later Monday into Tuesday.
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Forecast: After ten days of living on the edge of Winter, we’re back in the groove now with wet, warmer and windy weather on tap. Rain today, up to an inch, southwest winds 15-25 mph gusting 35 and the thermometer heads for 50F. Stormy tonight, southerlies 25-35 mph gusting 50 or better, 1-2 inches of rain possible, and low temps actually rising to as high as 55F. Rain tomorrow morning, maybe another half inch, showers in the afternoon, northwest winds 15-25 mph gusting 35 and a high of 50-55F. Outlook is for drying and clearing Wednesday, rain again Thursday, showers likely Friday and a chance of showers Saturday. Mercury readings should be about average with highs of 45-50F and lows of 35-40F.
Christmas Eve/Day… Showers/rain, low 35-40F, high 45F.
Today’s North Pole Conditions… 4F, mostly cloudy, calm.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s mainly wet pavement with possible spots of ice this morning and 30-35F in the passes; rainy and windy today, highs 40-45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, breezy and warmer, highs 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for snow mixed with freezing rain, light southwest wind, high 30-35F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and spots of ice this morning, temps are 20-30F, carry chains or use traction tires; snow early, rain later today, with the snow level rising from 1,500 feet to 5,500 feet this afternoon. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: SSW winds are blowing 25-30 knots with seas 10 feet at 19 seconds this morning. A Gale Warning is in effect through tomorrow morning. SW winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 today, combined seas building to 14 feet. Tonight, the breeze rises to SW 30-35 knots gusting 45 with combined rough seas 18 feet at 14 seconds. Easing winds tomorrow, veering to NW 20-25 knots by afternoon, swells 20 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for SE winds 10-15 knots Wednesday, swells subsiding to 14 feet, W winds 15-20 knots, swells 13 feet on Thursday, then a NW breeze 10-15 knots with swells down to 11 feet Friday. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, windy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/19 Mon 10:17 AM 3.29 L
12/19 Mon 04:04 PM 7.47 H
12/19 Mon 10:30 PM 0.87 L
12/20 Tue 05:22 AM 8.12 H
In Short: Stormy, brief drying, then showery.