Summary: Hazy sunshine, light breeze yesterday; increasing clouds overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/40F/12mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 53F/37F/17mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 1,200′, overcast @ 2,300′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 3 mph/Altimeter: 30.27”
Forecast: Our unseasonable dry stretch will end at 11 days if we get measurable rainfall today; the last precipitation recorded along the Central Coast was on December 3rd. There’s a 50-50 chance of rain through this afternoon, high 50F. Mostly cloudy tonight, low 40F. Tomorrow, a slight chance of rain, highs in the upper 40s. Outlook is for a chance of rain Sunday, mostly cloudy Monday, rain Tuesday, a chance of showers Wednesday, then mostly sunny on Thursday. Near normal thermometer readings are projected with highs of 45-50F and lows of 40-45F all week.
Christmas Eve/Day… Partly to mostly cloudy, dry, cool, low near freezing, high 45-50F.
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Travel: A Special Weather Statement is in effect for all of Northwest Oregon except the coast for a slight chance of light freezing rain early today. In the Coast Range this morning, highways have possible spots of frost, temps near freezing. Willamette Valley roads are mainly dry but frosty in spots, thermometer readings 25-30F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 30-35F, east winds gusting 20 mph. For the Cascades, highways are mostly bare, 30-35F, the snow level is at 8,000 feet, lowering to 6,000 feet this afternoon.
* Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet/dry pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range and Gorge through Sunday night; in the Cascades, 1-2 inches of snow in the passes tonight, the snow level dropping to 3,000 feet, a chance of light snow Saturday, then rain Sunday and Sunday night with the snow level rising well above the passes to 7,500 feet.
Marine: Winds are variable 5-10 knots this morning with seas 7 feet at 16 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect out past 10 miles from shore through this evening. High pressure offshore will be briefly interrupted by a cold front moving through Central Coast waters today with some NW wind gusts to 25 knots possible. The breeze should ease this evening. Seas will likely remain just below 10 feet for the most part with this system, though shorter periods may make it a bit choppy later today into tomorrow morning. The latest guidance shows lighter seas in between fronts Saturday through early Sunday, then another weak system is expected later Sunday. Swell energy from the Gulf of Alaska will again push seas close to 10 feet behind this front Sunday and Monday. A stronger cold front may bring low-end gales Tuesday, with seas potentially pushing into the teens. * 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… Chance of rain, breezy, 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.
12/15 Fri 09:53 AM 9.02 H
12/15 Fri 4:50 PM 0.04 L
12/15 Fri 11:24 PM 6.88 H
12/16 Sat 04:23 AM 3.33 L
In Short: Mostly cloudy with varying chances of rain.