Summary: Mostly cloudy yesterday; gusty east winds in the evening and overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 46F/37F/16mph/0.07”/1.21”
Depoe Bay: 48F/36F/21mph/0.04”/0.99”
*Since last dry day December 21st.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 2,000’, overcast @ 9,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 13 mph/Altimeter: 30.20”
Forecast: Hopefully there’s enough room in The Sleigh for Santa Claus’s wardrobe this evening as he makes his rounds in Northwest Oregon. He’ll need everything from a snowsuit to crampons to raingear (see Travel below). No surprise here on the Central Coast that it will be the latter as we expect just plain rain today and tonight, up to half an inch, southerly winds gusting 25-30 mph, high 50F and a low of 40-45F. For Christmas Day, a chance of rain while you’re opening presents in the morning followed by partly sunny skies, high again near 50F. Outlook is for rain likely Tuesday, a chance of rain Wednesday and Thursday, rain likely Friday, then a chance of rain Saturday. Thermometer readings should be about average – highs around 50F and lows dipping into the lower-40s.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways have areas of black ice, temps 25-30F, freezing rain possible until afternoon. Willamette Valley roads are mixed wet/dry, thermometer readings near 30F, spots of black ice, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 10:00pm this evening for a wintry blend including ice, freezing rain, sleet and snow. The Columbia River Gorge has ice and snow on the pavement in spots, temperatures 20-30F, east wind gusting 35-45 mph, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect through tomorrow morning for freezing rain and/or snow. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered, 15-25F, chains or traction tires are required at Government Camp, carry chains or traction tires over Santiam and Willamette Passes, 1-3 inches of snow expected today.
Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow possible for the lower elevations including the Willamette Valley, Coast Range and Gorge through Christmas Day; several inches of snow and strong east winds are predicted for the Cascades.
Marine: Winds are E 10-15 knots gusting 20 this morning with seas 4-5 feet at 10 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 10:00am this morning through late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow afternoon. Strong high pressure over the inland Pacific Northwest will weaken today. A strong cold front will push across Central Coast waters later today and inland by evening. High pressure will rebuild over the NE Pacific Ocean early in the week, but will be short-lived. A series of weak fronts is expected to move across the region later in the week. Seas are 4-6 feet this morning, but with increasing southwesterly winds, and an arriving fetch of larger swells, seas push up to 10-12 feet by late afternoon, then hold at 11-14 feet tonight into early Monday, before slowly subsiding Monday afternoon through Monday night. * 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, breezy, 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.
12/24 Sun 10:08 AM 3.77 L
12/24 Sun 3:32 PM 6.91 H
12/24 Sun 10:15 PM 1.01 L
12/25 Mon 5:18 AM 7.62 H
In Short: Rainy/windy, brief drying, then mainly wet all week.