Monday, Jan. 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: Is your co-workers’ hair pointing west this morning? Blame it on the strong east winds yesterday, fairly consistent and up near 15 knots all day with a peak gust of 29 knots recorded at the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Abundant sunshine and high temperatures around 60F, quite unusual for this time of year, followed frostless morning lows in the low-40s. Mostly clear skies prevailed throughout the entire day, and a gorgeous sunset last evening attracted more than a few camera lenses.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 61F/42F
Forecast: Pluviophiles (rain lovers) are grinnin’ ear-to-ear this morning as they anticipate a week, at least, of overcast skies and lots of precipitation. The east wind is slowly subsiding and a vanguard of clouds from the first weather system to arrive this week is already moving in. Expect the overcast to thicken through the day, high about 50F, and the first light rain or sprinkles to develop by late afternoon or early evening. Low tonight, 40F. Occasional rain tomorrow and tomorrow night, with amounts up to half an inch. Southwest winds 8-10 knots gusting 15. Outlook is for rain and wind to increase Wednesday and Thursday. The rain may be heavy at times, and the southwest wind gusting to near 25 knots. There could be a brief break on Friday followed by more storms over the weekend. High and low temperatures in the 40s throughout the period.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 passes are currently right at freezing and may have icy/foggy patches until mid-morning when it warms up. Corvallis, Portland and other Valley locations are just below freezing this morning with icy spots, but are expected to warm through today with rain by tonight. Cascade highway passes are clear now, but occasional snow showers beginning later today will remain possible through the entire week.
Marine: Near shore this morning, winds are still from the E at 10-15 knots, but offshore at Stonewall Bank, the breeze has already switched to the S 10-15 knots, seas are 3 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The change in wind direction is the leading edge of a weak front on its way in. Not a lot of oomph with this system, winds staying southerly 10-15 knots and seas about 3 feet through tonight. Tomorrow, S winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas up to 4 feet. Basically the same for Tuesday night. Outlook is for a steady SW flow with storm systems arriving every 24 hours or so. The strongest are expected on Wednesday night and Thursday when gale force winds are possible. Seas building through the week to the teens by Friday and into the weekend.
On the Beach… Cloudy, a little wind, light rain late, surf 3-5 feet.
01/06 Mon 10:05 AM 2.18 L
01/06 Mon 03:52 PM 7.57 H
01/06 Mon 10:06 PM 0.76 L
01/07 Tue 04:52 AM 8.93 H
In Short: Cloudy, sprinkles, rain and wind.