Saturday, Jan. 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: Jack is back, busy with his paintbrush laying down a coating of frosty white over the Central Coast this morning capping the past 24 hours of mostly clear skies. Overnight lows right at freezing followed a sunny day with highs about 50F yesterday. East winds picked up bit, steady at times 12-15 knots, with peak gusts near 20. It went calm early today, which, along with the dropping temperature, allowed a return to an honest to goodness January morning.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 50F/33F
Forecast: The automatic defroster kicks in with mostly sunny skies today as temperatures rise quickly above freezing and toward 50F. But increasing northeast wind will make the Resolution Run & Polar Bear Plunge at Rogue Brewery in Newport a chilly event today. Clear again tonight, low near freezing. Tomorrow is forecast to be the nicest we’ll probably see for quite a while; the high could hit 55F. The low, 35F. Outlook is for a major change beginning on Monday with increasing clouds and a chance of rain by nightfall. Through the entire week ahead, mostly cloudy with weather systems moving in almost daily, and more rain. The most intense storm currently predicted is for Thursday when we could see lots of rain and strong winds. Temperatures in the 40s during the period.
Travel: Local roads and streets will have frosty patches through mid-morning, especially in shaded areas. A Special Weather Statement is in effect for Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes and the communities of Grand Ronde, Burnt Woods and Tidewater today for slick pavement with freezing fog, ice and frost. The situation should improve through the day with rising temperatures. Portland, Corvallis and other Willamette Valley destinations are expected to have freezing fog in the mornings through early Monday. Cascade highway passes have areas of icy spots this morning, but the freezing level rises to 7,500 feet by tonight and 10,000 feet tomorrow.
Marine: Offshore winds out of the ENE are 10-15 knots this morning and seas are running about 7 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The easterly breeze is forecast to increase today with gusts to 20 knots, seas remaining around 7 feet. A Small Craft Advisory has been issued for E winds 20 knots or above from this evening through tomorrow afternoon, seas, though, subsiding to 3-5 feet. Outlook is for the wind to switch to southerly by Monday and stay in that quadrant through mid-week at 5-15 knots gusting 20; seas remaining 5 feet or less. There’s a chance for SW gales with a storm system about Thursday, and some projections now show seas growing to 20 feet or higher with late-week storms.
On the Beach… Sunny, brisk east wind, surf 3-5 feet. Skimpy beaches this afternoon with the high tide.
01/04 Sat 07:59 AM 2.41 L
01/04 Sat 01:53 PM 9.4 H
01/04 Sat 08:32 PM -0.94 L
01/05 Sun 03:14 AM 8.88 H
In Short: Clear, windy, increasing clouds, then rain.