Changeover Day

By: NewportOr , 3:31 PM GMT on December 12, 2013

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12Dec2013 - Newport, Oregon

Summary: Sunglasses on, lighter coats and flirting with 50 in the sunshine yesterday afternoon along the Central Coast (Yachats actually hit 50F). East winds in the morning hours kept it cool, but as those died down after lunch, it turned out to be a downright nice day. Overnight the clouds began rolling in from the northwest, but not completely overcast as the moonset was visible early this morning. Temperatures dropped to the low-30s, the light wind had a minor southerly component at daybreak, and the clouds began thickening.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 47F/36F
Newport: 48F/31F
Yachats/Waldport: 50F/31F

Forecast: There is some cold air leaking into our area from the Valley this morning and rain is on the horizon. That said, it looks like we'll be warm enough when the precipitation from an approaching front arrives about midday that the two types of weather won't collide to produce freezing rain or snow locally. High should be around 45F with temps staying roughly there through the night and into tomorrow. It'll be windy by this afternoon -- southwesterly breezes 20-25 knots gusting to 30 or better. Rain potential over the next 24 hours is around half an inch. The bulk of the wet stuff should be past us by early morning tomorrow. Outlook is for showery conditions through the weekend, sunbreaks, light winds, temperatures remaining in the 40s, even at night. The second front approaching the coast on Saturday night has weakened considerably and will be less of an issue than previously thought.

Travel: Not a good day for travel to Corvallis or Portland. Central Coast to Valley highways still have icy spots and some packed snow. The ODOT "Carry chains or traction tires signs" are flashing on Highway 18 at Murphy Hill summit in the Van Duzer Corridor; on Highway 20 between Cline Hill and Dudlee Hill summit; and on Highway 34 at Alsea Mountain summit. The caveat: even if you clear the passes, expect colder air, slicker conditions and a threat of freezing rain on the highways as you head east. The icy conditions could develop by early afternoon and last through tonight before it warms up. So, while a run to the Valley may be possible this morning, you run the risk of getting stuck there tonight.

Marine: The weather change has already begun with winds at Stonewall Bank west of Newport up to S at 20 knots this morning. Small Craft Advisories have been posted for winds and seas through tonight. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are currently unrestricted, but that could change later today as we see S winds ramp up to 20-25 knots gusting 35, and steep seas 4-7 feet. After midnight, the breeze is expected to veer to the SW 10-15 knots gusting to 20, with seas building to 9 feet. As we come up on the commercial crab opener on Monday, those out for pre-soaking their pots this weekend should find better conditions. Outlook is for winds down to SW 5 knots by tomorrow, seas 8 feet. Saturday S wind 5 knots, seas 8 feet. A blow Saturday night with winds near small craft advisory levels, 15-20 knots, but dropping Sunday. The fly in the ointment is rising seas which could top 10 feet by Sunday. Light northerlies for Monday's opener with seas still at or above 10 feet.

On the Beach... Rain, windy, surf building to 8 feet
Tides
12/12 Thu 08:05 AM 9.01 H
12/12 Thu 03:04 PM 0.62 L
12/12 Thu 09:26 PM 6.34 H
12/13 Fri 02:28 AM 3.0 L

In Short: Warmer, windy, rain, turning showery.

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