Friday, Dec. 27th – Lincoln County
Summary: The Central Coast must have the best weather in the state. In Summer, throngs of visitors come here to escape the heat in the interior. Now, in Winter, they’re coming to get away from the fog and cold. We certainly didn’t let them down yesterday with lots of sunshine and highs closing in on 55F. Winds were fairly light, too, making beach walks, whale watching, and hikes Spring-like. Things are a little different this morning. After a stunning purple-orange sunrise and lows in the mid-30s, high clouds began moving in and the light wind has come around to the south.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 53F/37F
Forecast: The sun will be right back after this brief message from Mother Nature. Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain today, highs around 50F, and tonight’s low at 40F. Southeast wind 8-10 knots, veering to the west tonight. Tomorrow, after morning patchy fog, we should see this minor weather system clear out and expect a return to sunshine by afternoon, high again about 50F. Outlook for Sunday is sunny and relatively warm, high 55F, low 40F, and light winds. Foggier conditions are anticipated in the early part of next week. And, two more minor fronts are headed this way; one Monday night and another on Thursday. These will give us varying periods of clouds and clear, and an outside possibility of light rain.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are just at freezing this morning, but warming to the low 50s today. A driver who made the Newport-Corvallis run last evening reported temps between 29F and 31F. There’s a slight chance of rain tonight. Portland, Corvallis and other spots in the Valley are foggy and should be a little warmer today. Less fog by this afternoon, but a return to freezing fog by tomorrow night. Cascade passes are clear today (some areas hit the low-60s yesterday). However, a slight chance of snow showers is in tonight’s Cascades forecast.
Marine: Conditions remain exceptionally good for the commercial crab fleet during what’s turning out to be a great season with lots of high quality Dungies coming in. The light breeze, 5-10 knots, has come around to the SE this morning; seas are just under 7 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A small weather system is going to stir things up a bit by tonight and through Saturday with N winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, but staying under small craft advisory levels. Seas are forecast to be at 7 feet building to 8, subsiding to 6 feet by Sunday morning. Outlook is for areas of fog, continued light winds, 5-15 knots, seas 8 feet with a possibility that a larger swell train, with seas to 10 feet, will arrive from Alaska late in the weekend or early next week.
On the Beach… Becoming mostly cloudy, light wind, surf 6-8 feet. Lots of gray whales are being seen off the coast. Watch for spouts 2-5 miles out.
12/27 Fri 02:13 PM 1.26 L
12/27 Fri 08:31 PM 5.85 H
12/28 Sat 01:19 AM 3.26 L
12/28 Sat 07:55 AM 9.15 H
In Short: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain, light winds, then clearing.