Summary: A shower early, sunny later yesterday; clear, chilly overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 54F/39F/12mph/0.20”/3.74”
Depoe Bay: 53F/33F/13mph/0.01”/3.29”
*Since last dry day December 21st.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 21 mph G25/Altimeter: 30.09”
Year-end Weather Stats…
December 2017 Precip: 5.83”
Normal December Precip: 11.36”
Total 2017 Precip: 81.46”
Normal Annual Precip: 69.57”
Highest Temperature: 88F
Lowest Temperature: 24F
Highest Wind Gust: 78 mph
Forecast: We end 2017 on a bright note with oodles of sunshine today, moderate east winds and a high of 50F. Low clouds form tonight, low of 40F. The new year begins tomorrow under partly sunny skies, east winds 10-15 mph and highs in the low-50s. Outlook is for increasing clouds Tuesday, mostly cloudy Wednesday, a chance of rain Thursday, then rain likely Friday and Saturday. The thermometer is not expected to stray very far from seasonal averages as highs top-out in the low-50s and lows bottom-out in the mid-40s all week.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are mostly dry but with spots of ice/frost possible, temps right at freezing. Willamette Valley roads are mainly dry, thermometer readings 35-40F, and there’s dense fog from about Albany south to Eugene. The Columbia River Gorge has mostly dry pavement, a few icy spots, temperatures 30-40F, east winds gusting 35-45 mph. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice, 25-30F, the free air freezing level is 5,000 feet rising to 7,500 feet this afternoon.
* 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 should remain above the passes at about 7,000 feet tonight, 8,000 feet tomorrow and 9,000 feet tomorrow night.
Marine: Winds are ENE 5-10 knots gusting 15 this morning with seas 5 feet at 11 seconds. High pressure over Central Coast waters will continue to push inland today and looks to remain anchored over the inland Pacific Northwest through at least Wednesday. A frontal system is expected to impact the area later in the week. Seas are around 5-7 feet this morning, and will continue to gradually subside today. Generally, seas stay in the 4-6 foot range through mid-week, thanks to offshore winds and no big swell arriving from the west. It appears likely that a low pressure system and associated fronts will impact the waters later in the week, but confidence in timing and details is not high right now. * 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… Sunny, moderate breeze, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
12/31 Sun 9:58 AM 10.38 H
12/31 Sun 5:01 PM -1.42 L
12/31 Sun 11:41 PM 7.66 H
01/01 Mon 4:40 AM 3.17 L
In Short: Partly to mostly clear, east windy, then a chance of rain.