Summary: Cloudy, light rain, breezy yesterday; a couple of showers overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 54F/41F/16mph/0.17”/1.42”
Depoe Bay: 52F/44F/20mph/0.22”/1.23”
*Since last dry day December 21st.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 1,900’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: S 5 mph/Altimeter: 30.24”
Forecast: Sure, more rain is headed this way, but we won’t even be close to normal December precipitation. With four days left in the month, total rainfall is still 7 inches below the 11-inch average. We’ll whittle some of that away today through tomorrow, maybe by a couple inches. Expect it to be windy at times, too – southerlies 20-25 mph gusting 35-45, high temps near 50F and a low of about 45F. Outlook is for a chance of showers Saturday, mostly sunny Sunday, a chance of showers Monday, mostly sunny Tuesday, and partly sunny on Wednesday. Seasonal mercury levels are projected throughout the extended period.
New Year’s Eve/Day… Mostly cloudy, slight chance of showers, low 40F, high 50F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are damp, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement with some spots of ice, temperatures 30-35F, light east winds. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice, 25-35F, the snow level is near the passes at 5,000 feet, 2-5 inches of snow possible today, 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 light easterly nearshore this morning but blowing S 15 knots gusting 20 at Stonewall Bank with seas 6 feet at 13 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect from 10:00am this morning through this evening. A strong warm front pushes through Central Coast waters today, which will result in gale force wind gusts. A second system impacts the area tomorrow for another round of gales. Offshore flow develops over the weekend and continues through the first half of next week. Seas will build to 10-12 feet later today with the arrival of the first frontal system, then fall below 10 feet for a short time tonight, but exceed 10 feet again tomorrow, possibly building as high as 15 feet. Over the weekend, seas should fall well below 10 feet lasting into the first part of next week. Projections suggest a fetch of longer-period swell moves into the waters around mid-week, likely exceeding 10 feet. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
Notice to Mariners… The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued US Coast Pilot 7, Pacific Coast: California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Pacific Islands, 50th Edition, 2018, and is available for free download and weekly updates here. For Print-on-Demand (POD) bound copies, available for purchase; go here. The 2018 Edition cancels the preceding 2017 Edition, and incorporates all previous corrections.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 7-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/28 Thu 7:34 AM 8.84 H
12/28 Thu 2:28 PM 1.19 L
12/28 Thu 8:40 PM 6.26 H
12/29 Fri 1:50 AM 2.77 L
In Short: Rainy and windy, then mixed skies and a chance of showers.