Summary: Mostly cloudy, cool yesterday; light rain, warming-up overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 46F/36F/15mph/0.03”/1.25”
Depoe Bay: 44F/33F/20mph/0.02”/1.01”
*Since last dry day December 21st.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 400’
Visibility: 2 miles/Wind: S 9 mph/Altimeter: 30.26”
Forecast: We’re back in a more typical Wintertime southwesterly flow for the next few days. So, rain is likely today through tomorrow, high of 50F, low 45F, and a slowly building breeze. Outlook is for heavy rain, up to an inch, and windy Friday, gusts to 50 mph, a good chance of rain Saturday, partly sunny with showers Sunday, then varying amounts of precipitation Monday and Tuesday. Expect seasonal temps to continue as highs reach 50F and lows slump to 40-45F.
New Year’s Eve/Day… A chance of showers/rain, light winds, low 42F, high 50F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways have spots of ice, temps 30-35F. Willamette Valley roads are mostly just wet, thermometer readings near 35F. There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until noon for Portland Metro and the Columbia River Gorge where some freezing rain has developed, temperatures 25-30F, light east winds. For the Cascades, highways are wet/slushy, 35F, the snow level is near the passes at 5,000 feet, 1-4 inches of snow possible this afternoon, 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 SSW 10 knots gusting 15 this morning with seas 5-6 feet at 15 seconds. A Gale Watch is in effect from Thursday afternoon through late Thursday night. Weak high pressure returns to Central Coast waters today. A stronger warm-front pushes through the area tomorrow, which could bring gale force wind gusts. Another strong system impacts the waters Friday, for an additional threat of gales. Offshore flow develops over the weekend. Seas will hover around 5 feet today, but build to 10-12 feet Thursday, fall below 10 feet for a short time tomorrow night, then exceed 10 feet again Friday, possibly building as high as 15 feet. * 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 on and off, 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.
12/27 Wed 6:48 AM 8.34 H
12/27 Wed 1:30 PM 2.11 L
12/27 Wed 7:21 PM 6.00 H
12/28 Thu 12:50 AM 2.43 L
In Short: Light rain, stormy, then mainly wet.