Friday, Jan. 3rd – Lincoln County
Summary: Just enough rain to keep the dust down, as if that’s ever a serious problem on the Central Coast. The weather front arrived about on schedule last evening and produced rainfall amounts near predictions. Lincoln City got the most, Yachats the least. But it’s just a drop in the bucket for our normal January precipitation of 10.24”. Yesterday was indeed relatively warm with highs in the mid-50s and lows in the 40s. Peak winds were from the south at around 20 knots. A few showers tailed off behind the cold front overnight and by this morning, skies were clear as a bell. Winds have returned to easterly.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 56F/45F/0.23”
Forecast: We’re back in the saddle again after a brief stop along the Sunshine Trail. Mostly sunny is the forecast for today with a high about 50F. Clear and colder tonight if you’re headed to the opening of “Joseph” at the Newport Performing Arts Center; low near freezing. East winds may be picking up over the next couple of days making it feel chillier than the mercury indicates. Tomorrow, more sunshine, a high in the low-50s, and a low in the mid-30s. Ditto Sunday. Outlook is for a change beginning Monday with increasing clouds and the possibility of light rain. It now looks like this pattern will grab hold for the remainder of the week with mostly cloudy skies, varying chances of rain, fairly light winds and temperatures in the 40s.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are just above freezing early today and warming to 45F by this afternoon. Icy spots are possible tonight with a low of 30F, and then warming through the weekend, possibly to 60F by Sunday. Valley destinations will have some sunshine, but be foggy at times with frosty nights through Sunday. In the Cascades, the freezing level is at 3,000 feet with a chance for more snow showers in the passes through midday. Santiam Pass and Government Camp both have a light covering of snow and ice this morning. Outlook is for cold with icy spots tonight and then slowly warming through the weekend.
Marine: Yesterday’s southerly winds quickly switched to northerly after the passage of the cold front last night around midnight. This morning the breeze is from the N at 15-20 knots, seas 9 feet. There’s a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas north of Cascade Head. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and for uninspected passenger vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. For the next 36 hours, expect NNE winds to be up around 20 knots, gusting 25, seas 7-9 feet. By Saturday night, the situation lightens with the wind down to 10-15 knots and seas subsiding to 4-5 feet. Outlook is for the weather to begin returning from the south on Sunday and for much of the week ahead with a series of fronts passing through. But no barnburners — winds generally 10-15 knots, seas 5-7 feet, though possibly building to 10 feet late in the week.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light wind, surf 6-7 feet. Almost a 12-foot King Tide swing today, so be aware of rapidly changing water levels.
01/03 Fri 01:00 PM 10.08 H
01/03 Fri 07:46 PM -1.53 L
01/04 Sat 02:27 AM 8.75 H
01/04 Sat 07:59 AM 2.41 L
In Short: Sunny days, chilly clear nights, then rain.