Sunday, Jan. 5th – Lincoln County
Summary: It was an iffy day… if you were outside after noon; if you were directly in the sun; and if you were out of the wind, Saturday was pretty nice. Lots of sunshine and a high about 50F rebounding from a frosty morning, but it felt plenty chilly in the breeze. East winds were around 15 knots with a peak of 26 knots at the Yaquina Bay Bridge. It’s still windy this morning, clear and well above freezing.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 53F/34F
Forecast: Rewind the tape of yesterday’s weather, and you have the forecast for today. Except it might be a smidge warmer, high near 55F, and somewhat windier, with more cool easterly gusts approaching 20-plus knots. So, the indoor Lincoln City Farmers Market might be a nice place to duck in for a while today. Mostly clear tonight with a low of 35F. All bets are off tomorrow as we head into a changing weather regime and increasing clouds with chances of rain building through the day, high in the upper-40s, low about 40F. Rain is likely by tomorrow night, say, a tenth of an inch or so. Outlook is for wet all week with weather systems moving in about every 24 hours, growing in intensity each day. Wednesday and Thursday we could see a more powerful storm arrive bringing fairly strong southwest winds and lots of rain. The pattern of cloudy and wet looks like it’ll continue through next weekend.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes have patches of ice this morning but will be warming as the day progresses. There’s a slight chance of snow flurries tomorrow afternoon and night. On Valley highways, icy areas, fog and freezing fog, especially in the mornings, with a chance for snow flurries tomorrow night. Portland will also be quite windy through tomorrow. Cascade highway passes will be clear today but the freezing level is expected to be down to 3,000 feet by tomorrow. Some light snow is forecast at pass elevations tomorrow afternoon through Tuesday morning.
Marine: E winds 15 to 20 knots with higher gusts near shore this morning, but with the breeze opposing the seas – they’re only about 4 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for wind has been issued for steady easterlies 15-20 with gusts to 25 through this evening, seas 3-4 feet. The wind is forecast to ease and come around to the SE overnight into tomorrow, down to 5-15 knots, seas holding about 4 feet. Outlook is for a weak front to approach local waters late tomorrow, and by Tuesday winds will be from the S 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 4-5 feet. Crabbers will probably want to drop and pull their pots early in the week. Increasing SW winds of 15-25 knots are expected Wednesday, maybe even hitting gale force by Thursday, with seas growing to as high as 20 feet by late in the week.
On the Beach… Sunny, windy, cool, surf 3 feet.
01/05 Sun 08:59 AM 2.3 L
01/05 Sun 02:50 PM 8.52 H
01/05 Sun 09:18 PM -0.15 L
01/06 Mon 04:02 AM 8.93 H
In Short: Sunny, windy, increasing clouds, then rain.