Summary: Cloudy AM, moderate rain PM yesterday; light rain/drizzle overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 54F/48F/38mph/1.13”/2.55”
Depoe Bay: 53F/47F/40mph/1.01”/2.24”
*Since last dry day December 21st.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 500’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: S 21 mph G30/Altimeter: 30.05”
Forecast: One more soggy day before it dries out for the end of this year and the beginning of the next. Rain today, heavy at times, 1-2 inches possible, and quite windy as gusts reach 45-50 mph this afternoon, the thermometer rises into the mid-50s. Tonight, rain early but diminishing late, low 45F. A chance of showers tomorrow morning followed by partly sunny skies, light east winds, high of 50F. Outlook is for mostly sunny Sunday, partly sunny and dry Monday through Wednesday, then a chance of rain on Thursday. Temperatures are projected to stay within the seasonal realm – highs near 50F and lows about 40F.
New Year’s Eve/Day… Mostly cloudy, dry, light east winds, low 40F, high 50F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 45-50F. Willamette Valley roads are mostly wet, thermometer readings near 50F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement with some spots of ice, temperatures 30-40F, moderate southerly winds. For the Cascades, highways are wet with spots of ice possible, 35-40F, the snow level is above the passes at 6,500 feet, winds gusting to 50 mph today, carry chains or traction tires.
* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is wet pavement at the lower elevations tonight; in the Cascades, the snow level drops below the passes to 4,500 feet this evening, then down to 3,000 feet tomorrow, icy areas and 1-3 inches of snow possible. Mainly dry roads at all elevations Saturday night through Monday night.
Marine: Winds are S 20-25 knots gusting 30 this morning with choppy seas 9 feet at 7 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this evening. A warm front draped over the North Oregon and South Washington waters will drift a little north this morning. A surface low developing along the frontal boundary will strengthen today and make landfall along the far North Washington coast late this afternoon. The trailing cold front will move onshore along the South Washington and North Oregon coast this evening. Offshore flow develops over the weekend and continues through the first half of next week. Seas with the today’s gale could end up as high as 17 feet or so, but should decrease below 10 feet by tomorrow and remain at 4-6 feet through Tuesday, then build to near 10 feet around the middle of next week. * 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, windy, 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.
12/29 Fri 8:21 AM 9.39 H
12/29 Fri 3:22 PM 0.22 L
12/29 Fri 9:47 PM 6.71 H
12/30 Sat 2:48 AM 2.97 L
In Short: Rainy and windy, then mixed skies and drying.