Summary: Cloudy early, heavy rain, windy late yesterday; partial clearing overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 55F/46F/48mph/0.99”/3.54”
Depoe Bay: 53F/45F/47mph/1.04”/3.28”
*Since last dry day December 21st.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 3,000’, overcast @ 4,700’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.27”
Forecast: That’s all folks. With the exception of a chance of showers this morning, we’re done with rain for this year. Partial clearing today and tonight, high 50F, low 40F, light wind. Mostly sunny tomorrow, high in the upper-40s and east winds gusting 25 mph. Outlook is for mixed skies and dry Monday through Wednesday, then a chance of rain Thursday and Friday. Look for the mercury to hang around average levels – highs near 50F, lows about 40F.
New Year’s Eve/Day… Mostly cloudy, dry, east windy, low 40F, high 50F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are mixed wet/dry, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are mixed wet/dry, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperatures 40-45F, light northeast winds. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and ice, 25-30F, the snow level is well below the passes at 3,000 feet, chance of snow showers today, carry chains or traction tires.
* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is dry pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range, Willamette Valley and Columbia River Gorge through Monday night; in the Cascades, the free air freezing level rises to 4,000 feet this evening with icy areas possible, then above the passes to 5,500 feet tomorrow, and to 9,000 feet Sunday night through Monday night.
Marine: Winds are variable 5-10 knots this morning with choppy seas 9-10 feet at 8 seconds. Offshore flow develops over the weekend and will continue through the first half of next week. Seas remain in the 10-12 foot range this morning as the swell from yesterday’s system continues to impact Central Coast waters. The seas will gradually subside through the day, and should drop below 10 feet by mid-morning, dropping further tomorrow, then remain 4-5 feet through Monday. Expect seas to increase a bit toward the middle of next week, but should stay well below 10 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… Partly sunny, light breeze, 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.
12/30 Sat 9:09 AM 9.92 H
12/30 Sat 4:12 PM -0.67 L
12/30 Sat 10:46 PM 7.22 H
12/31 Sun 3:45 AM 3.05 L
In Short: Partly to mostly clear, east winds, then a chance of rain by mid-week.