Summary: Cloudy, light rain showers, nearly calm yesterday and overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 51F/45F/10mph/0.09”
Depoe Bay: 47F/40F/13mph/0.03”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 2,000′, overcast @ 2,700’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 3 mph/Altimeter: 30.27”
Forecast: The first storm in quite a while is looming for later this week, but in the interim, expect mostly cloudy skies, a chance of some light rain, moderate breezes, highs around 50F and lows of 40-45F. Outlook is for rain, heavy at times, and quite windy Tuesday, showers Wednesday, then mainly clear and colder Thursday through Saturday. Temperatures falling, with highs in the low-40s and lows in the upper-30s.
Christmas Eve/Day… Partly to mostly clear, windy, colder, low 25-30F, near high 40F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are damp, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are mainly dry, thermometer readings 35-40F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 35-45F, light winds. For the Cascades, highways are ice- and snow-covered, 25-30F, the snow level is at 6,000 feet, carry chains or traction tires
* Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet/dry pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range and Gorge through tonight; in the Cascades, the snow level drops to near the passes tonight with some snow possible on the highways.
Marine: Winds are light easterly nearshore this morning but blowing S 15-20 knots out at the Rockpile with seas 4-5 feet at 11 seconds. A Gale Watch is in effect from late tomorrow night through Tuesday afternoon. High pressure remains over the NE Pacific with low pressure over the Rockies. A warm front moves across Central Coast waters this morning. Then low pressure drops south from the Gulf of Alaska on Tuesday bringing a strong cold front with gale force winds. Seas around 5-7 feet build a foot or two today, topping out at 9 feet in the afternoon and evening. They will drop a foot or two tomorrow. Then the strong front Monday night and Tuesday is expected to push seas into the mid-teens, where they will likely remain through Wednesday before subsiding below 10 feet for Thursday and Friday. * 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, light breeze, surf 5-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/17 Sun 11:01 AM 9.06 H
12/17 Sun 6:01 PM -0.39 L
12/18 Mon 12:44 AM 7.19 H
12/18 Mon 5:40 AM 3.64 L
In Short: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain, stormy, then dry and cold.