Saturday, Jan. 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: Fairly peaceful and dry conditions were the rule yesterday with the mercury rising into the mid-50s and winds mainly southeast 5-10 mph. Just after sunset, the clouds thickened and some light rain began falling but it still didn’t feel stormy. That changed, however, ’round midnight when the body of the next weather system came barreling in. The wind picked up from the south as the front arrived producing gusts of 40-45 mph. Low temps overnight sagged into the upper-40s. This morning, both wind and rain were beginning to ease a little.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/47F/41mph/0.28”
Depoe Bay: 53F/44F/40mph/0.38”
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A High Surf Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 10:00am Saturday to midnight Sunday night. Seas will build to around 20 feet on Saturday, drop a couple of feet Saturday evening, then rise back to near 20 feet Sunday morning and 20 to 25 feet Sunday afternoon before subsiding below 20 feet late Sunday night. Large waves will have the ability to wash over jetties and wash higher up on beaches than normal. They may also dislodge and move large logs and other debris on beaches that can easily catch people off guard and cause serious injury. Due to the long period between these seas, dangerous sneaker waves, larger than those that precede or follow them, will intermittently arrive without any warning. You should stay well back from the surf this weekend.
A Hazardous Weather Outlook remains in effect along the Central Coast for rain and gusty winds this weekend. Expect south winds 20-30 mph gusting 40-50 mph especially on the beaches and headlands this morning, easing later today. Another front arrives tomorrow with potentially heavier rainfall. Total precipitation through the weekend may reach 2-5 inches. The active weather pattern continues for the foreseeable future.
Forecast: On land and sea, it’ll be a stormy day. The steady rain should change to showers by late morning with a threat of thunderstorms in the mix today, the breeze eases to 20-25 mph gusting 35, and the thermometer heads for 55F. Tonight, showers early turning back to steady rain, possibly heavy at times, by midnight, southerly winds gusting 25 mph and a low of 45F. Rain starts tomorrow off, becoming showers and possible thunderstorms in the afternoon, high of 50F or so. Outlook is for steady rain and/or showers every single day in the extended period Monday through Friday. Average temperatures are expected as highs reach 50-55F and lows dip to 45-50F.
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Travel: Highway 20 Note… Beginning Monday, January 18th, travelers in the area of US Highway 20 at Milepost 16 near Eddyville should expect safety delays of up to 20 minutes while trees are felled and removed. All work that will impact traffic will be done during daylight hours on Monday through Thursday between 9:00am and 4:00pm, and on Fridays 9:00am until noon. The work is expected to be completed by the end of February.
In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement this morning, rain and 45-50F in the passes; rainy and windy today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rainy and breezy conditions, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, possibly heavy at times, east winds gusting 30 mph, a high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways are mostly wet but some slush and icy spots remain this morning with temps 30-35F, carry chains or traction tires; an Avalanche Warning is in effect through 6:00pm tonight, rain this morning with the snow level at 7,000 feet, then 1-3 inches of snow this afternoon as the snow level drops to 5,000 feet near the passes. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is rainy and windy at the lower elevations, mixed rain and snow in the Cascades through tomorrow, but becoming all snow tomorrow night into Monday night.
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Marine: Southerly winds are 25-35 knots gusting 40 this morning with very rough seas 19 feet at 10 seconds. A Gale Warning remains in effect until 10:00am. S winds easing to 20-25 knots gusting 35 later today with combined seas 16-18 feet at 12-14 seconds. Tonight, southerly winds rising again to 30-35 knots gusting 45 and combined seas 20 feet at 19 seconds. The breeze eases tomorrow to SW 15-25 knots gusting 30 with swells 19 feet at 17 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 20-30 knots and seas 14-17 feet Monday through Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, very breezy, surf 15-25 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches this weekend. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
01/16 Sat 11:21 AM 2.14 L
01/16 Sat 05:20 PM 6.82 H
01/16 Sat 11:10 PM 1.90 L
01/17 Sun 05:57 AM 8.94 H
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In Short: Mainly rainy and windy through next week.