Summary: Mostly sunny, light winds yesterday; increasing clouds overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 47F/33F/10mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 46F/32F/15mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 3,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: ESE 5 mph/Altimeter: 30.28”
Forecast: Our chances for a White Christmas on the Central Coast are, as usual, kaput, but the Valley and higher elevations of Northwest Oregon have a shot at it (see Travel below). Expect rain to develop here today, high in the upper 40s. Tonight, rain likely, low of 40F. Mostly cloudy tomorrow with a peek-a-boo Sun and highs of 45-50F. Outlook is for rain Sunday, then varying chances of rain Monday through Thursday. The mercury is projected to remain around seasonal levels as highs reach 45-50F and lows slump into the upper-30s all week.
Christmas… Rain for Eve, overnight low 40F, then a 50-50 chance of rain during the Big Day, high 45-50F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways have spots of ice, temps 30-35F. Willamette Valley roads have spots of ice and frost, thermometer readings near freezing. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 35-40F, light east wind. For the Cascades, highways are ice- and snow-covered, 25-30F, chains or traction tires are required over Willamette Pass, carry chains or traction tires over Santiam Pass and at Government Camp, 1-3 inches of snow expected today.
Outlook for holiday travelers is summed up in this National Weather Service image…
Marine: Winds are E 5-10 knots nearshore this morning but blowing S 10-15 knots out at the Rockpile with seas 6 feet at 14 seconds. A weak low off the Washington Coast will weaken as it moves inland over Western Washington today. Strong high pressure will build over the inland areas of the Pacific Northwest tonight and tomorrow, bringing increasing offshore flow. A cold front well offshore will move across the region later Sunday, with a return of westerly winds. Seas generally holding at 6-8 feet for the next few days. But we’ll see seas building a bit later Sunday and Monday to 10-13 feet, thanks to a new westerly swell fetch. Once that passes, seas look to settle back down to 6-8 feet afterwards. * 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 developing, 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.
12/22 Fri 8:20 AM 3.91 L
12/22 Fri 1:56 PM 7.93 H
12/22 Fri 8:54 PM 0.21 L
12/23 Sat 3:54 AM 7.33 H
In Short: Rain likely, then mostly cloudy with varying chances of rain.