Thursday, Jan. 2nd – Lincoln County
Summary: A new moon and clearing skies provided a three-planet morning for those observers up before sunrise today. Jupiter in the west, Mars in the south and Saturn in the east, along with a few streaks from the Quadrantid Meteor Shower, turned a pitch-black sky into a light show. That came on the heels of a mostly cloudy first day of the New Year with highs in the mid-50s and lows in the low 40s. East winds generally about 10 knots, though higher gusts were recorded at mid-morning; the strongest was 20 knots at the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The early morning light show was rudely interrupted at daybreak by the first wave of clouds from an approaching weather front.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 53F/44F
Forecast: A little bump in the road for Central Coast residents who’ve been enjoying dry and warm weather this holiday season. If this is your day to take down the outside Christmas lights, you can expect to get the job done without getting wet until late this afternoon. Increasing clouds with sunbreaks, becoming overcast and rain is likely by dark; high in the low-50s today, southwest wind about 10 knots. It’s already raining north of the Columbia River and the precipitation is headed this way. Rain tonight with up to a quarter inch expected, low of 42F, southwest winds increasing to 10-15 knots gusting to 20. By tomorrow we’re down to a chance of showers early and a mix of sun and clouds the rest of the day. High in the upper-40s. Outlook is for cooler nights with lows down to freezing but mostly sunny days through the weekend, highs in the 50s. Light winds. Beginning Monday it looks like we’ll begin settling into a more typical Winter pattern with chances of rain and considerable cloudiness through the week.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are just above freezing this morning and should be fine for travel today and tonight with temperatures rising into the 50s, low about 40F. Icy spots and lows around 30F are forecast tomorrow night and Saturday night. Valley locations have areas of fog this morning and rain forecast for tonight. Cascade highway passes have a chance of rain later today with the freezing level at 7,000 feet, but that starts dropping tonight into tomorrow down to 3,000 feet or lower. Expect icy spots and a chance for snow showers on the pavement tomorrow afternoon through Saturday night in the Cascades.
Marine: Almost flat on the ocean this morning with ESE winds less than 10 knots and seas a paltry 3-4 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The current scenario will be changing later today into tonight as we see a front come in bringing stronger winds and higher seas. Winds veer to SW this afternoon and rise to 10-15 knots gusting 20, and seas build to 7 feet by tonight. There’s a Small Craft Advisory for winds in effect from Cascade Head north. Tomorrow, a quick change to northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas up to 8 feet. Outlook is for NE winds 20-25 knots on Saturday, seas 6 feet. Weather returns from the south Sunday and Monday with the slow approach of another system bringing winds of 10-15 knots, seas 5 feet. Then, on and off fronts moving through our local waters the rest of next week.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, light breeze, surf 3-4 feet. Use extreme caution around today’s King Tide, both high and low, where water levels will be changing rapidly. Do not venture out onto jetties, offshore rocks, pocket beaches, rocky outcrops or sandspits where you can easily be swept away. This can be a very dangerous situation. If you’d like to help photographically record the King Tide, go here http://www.coastalatlas.net/kingtides/ for more information.
01/02 Thu 12:08 PM 10.48 H
01/02 Thu 07:01 PM -1.86 L
01/03 Fri 01:41 AM 8.55 H
01/03 Fri 07:02 AM 2.57 L
In Short: Increasing clouds, a little wind, rain, back to sunny.