Summary: Cloudy, light rain, sunbreaks yesterday; cloudy, showers overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/43F/24mph/0.12”
Depoe Bay: 50F/39F/26mph/0.11”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,600’, broken @ 2,300 feet, overcast @ 3,200’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: ENE 5 mph/Altimeter: 30.40”
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for areas of fog and freezing fog over all of Northwest Oregon this morning. This fog, combined with wet roads and temperatures at or just below freezing, will create some icy spots. If driving, slow down and be prepared for areas of fog and slick spots, especially on rural roads. Temperatures will warm above freezing by 10:00am.
Forecast: It wasn’t much, but enough rain fell yesterday to officially end our unusual December dry stretch at 11 days. We’re well below normal precipitation halfway through the month with just 1.76” of the average 11.36” total. There’s the potential for gaining on that number today through tomorrow, though not by a lot, as the chance of rain remains at 20-50%. Afternoon highs near 50F and tonight’s low 45F. Outlook is for a chance of showers Monday, rainy and windy Tuesday, showers Wednesday, then mostly sunny Thursday and Friday. The mercury hangs in the seasonal range with highs in the upper-40s and lows in the low-40s.
Christmas Eve/Day… Partly to mostly cloudy, dry, cool, low 35F, high 45-50F.
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 black ice, temps near freezing. Willamette Valley roads also have icy areas, thermometer readings 30-35F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 35-45F, light winds. For the Cascades, highways are ice- and snow-covered, 25-30F, the snow level is well below the passes at 2,500 feet, a couple more inches of snow expected, chains are required in some areas.
* 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, another 1-2 inches of snow in the passes tonight and tomorrow, the snow level 2,500 to 3,000 feet, then rising to 7,000 feet Sunday afternoon.
Marine: Winds are light ENE nearshore this morning but blowing NW 10-15 knots out at the Rockpile with choppy seas 6-7 feet at 7 seconds. High pressure offshore is bringing NW winds across Central Coast waters this morning. Winds will back later today as a warm front approaches. South to southwest winds increase tonight with gusts to 25 knots possible. A stronger front is expected to arrive on Tuesday, and looks like it has the potential to bring gale force winds. Another front may arrive Wednesday. Then weak offshore flow is predicted to develop in the late week time period. Seas are sitting at 7-9 feet and slowly subsiding. However, with periods around 7-10 seconds, it’s choppy. Seas will continue to subside through the morning and remain in the 5-7 foot range later today through Monday. The stronger front on Tuesday will likely push seas into the low- to mid-teens before they drop off again during the second half of the week. * 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, moderate breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/16 Sat 10:28 AM 9.06 H
12/16 Sat 5:26 PM -0.23 L
12/17 Sun 12:06 AM 7.06 H
12/17 Sun 5:03 AM 3.51 L
In Short: Mostly cloudy, varying chances of rain, then drying and cooling.