Summary: Overcast, light winds yesterday; breezy with showers overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 52F/47F/20mph/0.13”/0.34”
Depoe Bay: 49F/44F/23mph/0.07”/0.21”
*Since last dry day, December 15th
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 300’
Visibility: 3 miles/Wind: S 13 mph G17/Altimeter: 30.22”
Forecast: Not too much precipitation is expected today (though some is possible) under mostly cloudy skies, southerly winds 10-20 mph and a high about 50F. Tonight, the leading edge of a strong frontal system moves in with steady rain developing, winds gusting to 30 mph and lows of 40-45F. The main part of the storm barrels through tomorrow bringing 1-2 inches of rain, sou’westers gusting as high as 50 mph, the mercury climbing to 50F early but falling to the low-40s during the afternoon. Outlook is for showers Wednesday, sunny Thursday, a chance of showers Friday, then a clear and colder trend begins Saturday and Sunday. The thermometer is projected to be below average as highs barely reach 40F and lows dip to around freezing.
Christmas Eve/Day… Partly cloudy, windy, colder, low 25-30F, high 40-45F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 40-45F. Willamette Valley roads are mixed wet/dry, thermometer readings 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 40-50F, south winds gusting 15-20 mph. For the Cascades, highways are mostly wet but with some icy spots, 30-35F, the snow level is at 5,500 feet, carry chains or traction tires, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 6:00am Tuesday until 6:00am Wednesday for 12-18 inches of snow, localized amounts to 2 feet, in the passes. * Get up-to-the-minute Northwest highway weather at Real-Time Roads. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck for the latest traffic conditions including delays and hazards.
Marine: Winds are S 15-20 knots this morning with seas 6-7 feet at 11 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect from late tonight through tomorrow afternoon. A weak cold front will stall over Central Coast waters this morning. Then a surface low will form along the stalled frontal boundary and track to the Washington coast. This will bring a strong cold front with gale force winds Tuesday. A secondary low will move through on Wednesday. Conditions generally ease and improve late in the week. Seas are beginning to subside to the 6-8 foot range this morning. The strong front tonight and Tuesday is expected to push seas into the mid-teens, where they will likely remain through Wednesday. Seas subside 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… Mostly cloudy, light breeze, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/18 Mon 11:34 AM 8.99 H
12/18 Mon 6:34 PM -0.45 L
12/19 Tue 1:21 AM 7.27 H
12/19 Tue 6:18 AM 3.73 L
In Short: Mainly cloudy, wet and windy, then dry and cold.