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Weather or Not: First Day of Winter

Thursday, Dec. 21st – Lincoln County

Summary: Clouds, sun, a couple showers yesterday; clear, cold and frosty overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 50F/36F/19mph/0.02”/1.92”
Depoe Bay: 49F/31F/16mph/0.02”/1.98”
Newport: 46F/32F/22mph/0.03”/2.10”
Waldport: 49F/34F/21mph/0.02”/1.21”
Yachats: 49F/33F/18mph/0.05”/1.22”
*Since last dry day, December 15th

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: unlimited
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.47”

Forecast: With this morning’s Solstice at 8:28am, Winter is officially here. It’s also the shortest day of the year, just 8 hours 48 minutes of daylight; tomorrow will be 1 second longer. The coincidental arrival of cold air and frost this morning suddenly makes it feel seasonal, too, but the thermometer is still expected to rise to about 45F under mostly sunny skies this afternoon. Tonight, increasing clouds, a slight chance of drizzle and a low in the upper-30s. There’s a 50-50 chance of rain tomorrow, light winds and a high near 50F. Outlook is for mostly sunny Saturday, then mixed skies and varying chances of rain Sunday through Wednesday. Temperatures should be close to average for this time of year as highs top out in the upper-40s and lows drop to the upper-30s all week.

Christmas Eve/Day… Mostly cloudy, a 40% chance of rain, low 40F, high 45-50F.

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Travel: Frost and black ice are widespread along Central Coast roads early today, so keep your eyes peeled and slow down.

In the Coast Range this morning, highways have black ice and frost, temps 25-30F. Willamette Valley roads also have areas of black ice and frost, thermometer readings 25-30F. The Columbia River Gorge has freezing fog, temperatures 25-30F, light southeast winds 10-15 mph. For the Cascades, highways are ice- and snow-covered and it’s cold, 15-25F, chains or traction tires are required over 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 ESE 5-10 knots gusting 15 this morning with seas 8 feet at 11 seconds. The Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas ends at 10:00am. Weak high pressure remains over Central Coast waters. A weak low develops along the Washington Coast today, then drops south a bit to be off North Oregon waters tomorrow. Offshore flow develops late Friday night and then strengthens Saturday. Another weak weather system moves across the area Sunday and Sunday night. With increasing offshore flow, seas will stay down, generally in the 6-7 foot range. Winds relax gradually on Sunday, but stay E to SE through a good part of next week. Seas building up a bit, with 9-12 feet later Sunday, then build a tad higher for later Monday to Wednesday as a W to NW fetch of 12-14 foot swells arrives. * 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 sunny, light breeze, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
12/21 Thu 7:36 AM 3.87 L
12/21 Thu 1:18 PM 8.33 H
12/21 Thu 8:18 PM -0.09 L
12/22 Fri 3:14 AM 7.30 H

In Short: Mainly clear, rain, sunny, then varying chances of more rain.

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