Summary: Sunny, warm and breezy yesterday; windy, partly cloudy overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/43F/19mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 58F/39F/30mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 16 mph/Altimeter: 30.37”
Forecast: The current regime is expected to continue through Thursday with very little variation – mainly clear, moderate east winds, highs near 55F and lows of 40-45F. In the long-term outlook, computer models are homing-in on a change developing by late in the week as the big ridge of high pressure producing our unusual stretch of dry Winter weather begins to break down and some rain is possible as early as Friday.
Throughout the stormy season, use Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to get updated regional travel info and immediate notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings affecting the Central Coast. Just follow @chrisburnswx.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways have spots of ice, temps 25-30F. Willamette Valley roads are mainly dry but frosty in spots, thermometer readings 25-30F, an Air Stagnation Advisory remains in effect, and it’s foggy from about Albany south. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 35-40F, strong east winds 35-50 mph. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and ice, 25-35F, the free air freezing level is at 11,000 feet.
* Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range but fog and spots of ice are possible nights and mornings; windy in the Gorge, easterlies gusting 35-50 mph; packed snow and ice in the Cascades, the free air freezing level remains at 12,000 feet, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Winds are E 15 knots gusting 20 this morning with seas 6 feet at 13 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect beyond 10 miles from shore through this afternoon. Offshore flow continues through the weekend. Expect gusts to 20 knots near the coastal gaps. Meanwhile, a cold front is over the offshore waters, which will bring 20-25 knot gusts to the outer waters through this afternoon. Another front is expected to move through the area later Monday, which may bring an additional round of low-end small craft advisory winds. Then high pressure returns for most of next week. Seas will hold around 6-7 feet through the weekend. The front late Monday may briefly build seas to near 9-10 feet. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/09 Sat 10:54 AM 3.12 L
12/09 Sat 4:32 PM 7.46 H
12/09 Sat 11:10 PM 0.36 L
12/10 Sun 6:08 AM 8.21 H
In Short: Mainly clear, relatively warm, breezy, then a chance of rain.