Summary: Overcast, drizzly yesterday; windy, rain developing overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 53F/51F/43mph/0.50”/0.84”
Depoe Bay: 52F/50F/44mph/0.50”/0.71”
*Since last dry day, December 15th
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 600’
Visibility: 3 miles/Wind: S 28 mph G45/Altimeter: 29.79”
Forecast: While we get a good soakin’ here on the Central Coast from a typical wet’n’windy December storm, the mountains are in the bull’s-eye for some heavy snow (see Travel below). The precipitation will be just plain ol’ rain locally, up to an inch today, southerly winds gusting 50-55 mph and high temps dropping to the mid-40s by this afternoon. Showers and possible thunderstorms tonight, a moderate westerly breeze and the low dipping to 40F. Tomorrow, showers in the morning, partly sunny by afternoon, northwest winds 15-25 mph, and the mercury climbs into the upper-40s. Outlook is for sunny Thursday, partly sunny Friday, then mostly clear Saturday through Monday. Temperatures are projected to be a bit below average – highs of 45F and lows of 30-35F.
Christmas Eve/Day… Clouds, clearing and cool, low 30-35F, high 40-45F, a slight chance of rain/snow showers.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 45-50F; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 4:00pm this afternoon through 7:00am tomorrow morning, with 2-6 inches of snow expected, mainly down to 1,500-2,000 feet which would be above the passes. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 50. The Columbia River Gorge has mainly wet pavement, temperatures 45-55F, south winds gusting 15-20 mph. For the Cascades, highways are mostly wet, 35-40F, the snow level is at 5,000 feet, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 6:00am tomorrow for 12-18 inches of snow, localized amounts to 2 feet, in the passes, the snow level dropping to 4,000 feet. * 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 30-35 knots gusting 40 this morning with rough seas 11-12 feet at 7 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect until 11:00am offshore and 1:00pm nearshore today. A strong cold front with gale force winds is moving ashore this morning, and another low will move through tomorrow. Then, winds generally ease but turn offshore and gusty late in the week. Seas appear likely to top out around 15 feet this morning with this system but subside below 10 feet for Thursday and beyond. * 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… Rain, windy, surf 7-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/19 Tue 6:18 AM 3.73 L
12/19 Tue 12:08 PM 8.86 H
12/19 Tue 7:08 PM -0.42 L
12/20 Wed 1:58 AM 7.29 H
In Short: Wet and windy, then mostly dry, breezy and colder.