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By: NewportOr , 3:56 PM GMT on December 22, 2013
Sunday, Dec. 22nd - Newport, OR
Summary: The plumber will be here Tuesday to fix this leaking sky. Although the rain hasn't been heavy the past 24 hours, and we even saw a few sunbreaks yesterday, the precipitation has been fairly constant. Highs were close to 50F, lows in the mid 40s, winds were light. Damp but not drenching for last night's Winter solstice celebrations in Yachats and Lincoln City. Drizzly and foggy this morning, light southwest wind and temperatures around 45F.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 50F/46F/0.15"
Forecast: A mostly gray day ahead for last-minute holiday shoppers, fog, more light rain/drizzle and a high of 50F. Probably ought to have your raincoat with you for the Sea of Lights tonight at the Oregon Coast Aquarium as more drizzle is expected, low about 45F. Overnight the next weather system approaches and by tomorrow it'll be here with an increase in southwest winds, 5-10 knots gusting 20, and rain, possibly heavy at times with up to half an inch. Temperatures remaining relatively warm with a high in the low 50s, low in the low 40s. Outlook is for dwindling clouds and no rain during the day on Tuesday, high 45F, and a midnight clear arriving Christmas Eve, low 35F. Christmas Day will make you want to check your latitude at the door -- mostly sunny with a high of 50F, light northerly winds.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes will be well above freezing today, drizzly, with fog spots. Cascade passes are just wet, too, with the freezing level at 6,500 feet. Highway 101 at Garibaldi has traffic moving again after yesterday's landslide. Outlook is for Coast to Valley highway passes remaining passable through the week, except for areas of freezing fog beginning Christmas night. Corvallis and Portland will be colder than here, with icy spots and areas of freezing fog Christmas Eve on through the rest of the holiday week. Cascade highway passes are forecast to receive snow showers tomorrow night into Tuesday morning, and then be clear the rest of the week.
Marine: Lighter winds this morning, around 10 knots from the W, and seas are down to 8 feet. That's pretty much what's expected for the rest of today. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar has not yet reported in. Could see a few SW gusts to 15 knots tonight, seas 8 feet and patchy fog. A front arrives early tomorrow, but it isn't seriously powerful. Winds rising to SW 10-15 knots gusting 20 or so, seas holding at 8 feet. Outlook is for a switch Tuesday to northerly winds for the remainder of the week, nothing much over 20 knots, and slowly subsiding seas running 6-8 feet.
On the Beach... Cloudy, light rain, light wind, surf 8-10 feet.
12/22 Sun 09:04 AM 3.61 L
12/22 Sun 02:35 PM 7.27 H
12/22 Sun 09:18 PM 0.77 L
12/23 Mon 04:14 AM 7.57 H
In Short: Light rain, heavier rain, then clearing.
White Christmas Countdown: Dec. 24th-25th -- Eve, mostly clear, patchy fog, low 35F; Day, mostly sunny, high 50F.
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