Summary: Mixed skies yesterday; mainly clear in the evening and overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 51F/35F/20mph/0.01”/1.22”
Depoe Bay: 51F/32F/17mph/~0.01”/0.99”
*Since last dry day December 21st.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 17 mph G21/Altimeter: 30.27”
Forecast: On the heels of a fairly dry Christmas holiday, a warmer and wetter pattern is setting-up for this last week of December. Today begins dry with thickening clouds and a slight chance of rain, high of 45F. Rain is likely tonight and tomorrow, low of 40F, high about 50F. Outlook is for a chance of rain Thursday, rain likely Friday, then a chance of rain Saturday through Monday. It is possible we’ll get tapped into an atmospheric river of moisture off the ocean later in the week for heavy rain. And we’d need a lot to catch up as we’re over 7 inches of precipitation below normal for the month. The mercury is expected to remain near average – highs of 50F, lows 40-45F.
New Year’s Eve/Day… A chance of rain, light winds, low 42F, high 50F.
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Travel: There are frosty spots on Central Coast roads early today, so heads-up. In the Coast Range this morning, highways have spots of ice, temps 25-30F. Willamette Valley roads have icy spots, dense fog/freezing fog, thermometer readings 25-30F. The Columbia River Gorge has ice and snow on the pavement, temperatures 25-30F, east winds gusting 25-30 mph. For the Cascades, highways are snow- and ice-covered, 15-20F, carry chains or traction tires. * 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 E 10 knots gusting 15 this morning with seas 9 feet at 13 seconds. Weak high pressure will be over Central Coast waters through this morning. A warm front then lifts north across the area late today with weak high pressure returning Wednesday, followed by another front Thursday night and Friday. Seas are slowly subsiding early this morning, and will hover in the 5-7 foot range through mid-week, then build to around 10 feet by late Thursday or Thursday night, but fall back to around 7 feet by Sunday. * 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… Increasing clouds, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/26 Tue 12:24 PM 2.90 L
12/26 Tue 5:56 PM 6.05 H
12/26 Tue 11:53 PM 1.99 L
12/27 Wed 6:48 AM 8.34 H
In Short: Becoming overcast, rain developing, then mainly wet and breezy.