Summary: Rainy and very windy yesterday; breezy, a few showers overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 53F/44F/44mph/1.06”/1.90”
Depoe Bay: 51F/43F/54mph/1.25”/1.96”
*Since last dry day, December 15th
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 4,900’, broken @ 6,000’, overcast @ 7,500’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: NNW 8 mph/Altimeter: 30.12”
Forecast: A slight chance of showers lingers this morning before the Sun pops out for the rest of the day, northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 20 and the mercury stalls in the upper-40s. Mainly clear tonight and tomorrow, low around 35F, high of 45F. Outlook is for a chance of rain Friday, sunny Saturday, mostly sunny Sunday, then given the variety of computer projections, and wild fluctuations from one projection run to the next, forecasters say they really have no idea what will happen early next week. But snow, sleet, freezing rain, rain or simply dry weather are all on the table at this point. Temperatures are up in the air, too, so to speak, and could be either side of seasonal.
Christmas Eve/Day… Mostly cloudy, chance of rain, low 40F, high 45-50F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings 35-40F. The Columbia River Gorge has mainly wet pavement, temperatures 35-40F, southerly winds gusting 10-15 mph. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered and it’s snowing, 20-25F, chains or traction tires are required over the passes; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until noon today for an additional 1-4 inches of snow. * 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 NW 10-15 knots gusting 20-25 this morning with rough seas 14 feet at 10 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 10:00am this morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. A post-frontal airmass over Central Coast waters will continue to bring showers and gusty winds this morning. Winds will subside considerably after that and remain benign through the end of the week as high pressure builds-in. Gusty offshore winds are expected to develop during the weekend. However, there are considerable differences in computer projections for early next week. Seas are 14-16 feet this morning, but subside below 10 feet for Thursday and beyond, then approach 10 feet across the far outer waters under the stronger easterly flow during the weekend. * 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… Becoming sunny, light breeze, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/20 Wed 6:56 AM 3.81 L
12/20 Wed 12:42 PM 8.64 H
12/20 Wed 7:43 PM -0.29 L
12/21 Thu 2:35 AM 7.29 H
In Short: Clearing, cool, then mixed predictions for early next week.