Summary: Cloudy with light winds yesterday; rainy evening and overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 49F/42F/17mph/1.04”
Depoe Bay: 47F/38F/16mph/0.95”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 2,700’, overcast @ 3,500’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: E 7 mph/Altimeter: 30.32”
Forecast: Rain should be ending this morning giving way to a brief dry period with mixed skies this afternoon, high about 45F. Rain is likely tonight and tomorrow, moderate east winds, low 40F and a high in the upper-40s. Outlook is for showers Monday, partly sunny and dry Tuesday, then a chance of rain Wednesday through Friday. The thermometer hangs around average for late-December – highs of 45-50F and lows near 40F all week.
Christmas… Rainy/breezy for Eve, overnight low 40F, then a 50-50 chance of showers on the Big Day, high 45-50F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are also wet, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has ice and snow on the pavement, temperatures 30-35F, east wind gusting 25 mph. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered, it’s snowing, 20-25F, chains or traction tires are required over the passes.
Outlook for weekend travelers is a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow possible for the lower elevations including the Willamette Valley (especially the northern half), Coast Range and Columbia River Gorge through Christmas Day; several inches of snow and strong east winds expected in the Cascades all weekend, be prepared for Winter driving conditions.
Marine: Winds are E 5-10 knots this morning with seas 3-4 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from late Sunday morning through Sunday evening. Strong high pressure will build over the inland Pacific Northwest today, bringing increasing offshore flow. A cold front well offshore will move across the region later Sunday into Sunday evening. High pressure will rebuild over the NE Pacific early next week, but a series of weak fronts will move across the region afterwards. Look for seas of 4-5 feet today. A longer period westerly swell is expected to arrive Sunday, pushing seas into the lower to middle teens. Seas subside early next week, with 6-8 feet projected. * 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 ending, sunbreaks, light east breeze, surf 3-5 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/23 Sat 9:10 AM 3.90 L
12/23 Sat 2:40 PM 7.45 H
12/23 Sat 9:33 PM 0.58 L
12/24 Sun 4:35 AM 7.43 H
In Short: Mixed skies, rainy/windy, brief drying, then mainly wet.