Tuesday, Jan. 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: Welcome to the new normal. The last of the mostly clear skies and visible sunrises for a while kicked-off yesterday’s weather. But it didn’t take long before the cloud cover filled in and the first raindrops hit the ground by mid-afternoon. Temps topped out in the mid-50s after a low-40s morning. There wasn’t much rain with this first weather front of the series and winds weren’t especially strong, just 10-15 knots with a peak gust of 19 at Yachats.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 54F/43F/0.13”
Forecast: Dust off your raincoat and galoshes, ‘cause you’re gonna need ‘em. Progressively stronger storm systems are headed this way for the next several days. Today, a weather front just offshore should be moving over the Central Coast by midday bringing additional rainfall, maybe a quarter inch, and blustery southwest winds, 20 knots gusting 30. Rain is likely tonight, with slightly diminished winds. Tomorrow, an even more belligerent storm arrives packing southerly winds that could reach 35-40 knots and rainfall around half an inch. Outlook is for one front after another to blast through our area; Wednesday night may be the most powerful of the lot. More rain but less wind on Thursday, followed by another potent storm Friday into Saturday. Sunday and early next week we should be down to showers and occasional sunbreaks. Temperatures through the entire extended period are expected to remain in the 40s, and rainfall totals may be the highest since last September.
Travel: The coast is clear. Highways 18, 20 and 34 are well above freezing over the Coast Range today with wet pavement. Valley locations have warmed up as well and are expecting rain. Cascade highways are a different story. Snow flurries and spots of ice are being reported this morning, and the snow level will be near pass level through at least Thursday night. Several inches of snow are possible tomorrow night.
Marine: Nothing serious on the ocean this morning, S winds 10-15 knots and seas at 4 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are currently unrestricted. But the breeze is expected to build as the day goes on, and a Small Craft Advisory is in effect through this evening for S winds 20-25 knots, seas 5 feet or so. A short break tonight, SW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 5 feet. Another, more powerful storm system is predicted for tomorrow, winds rising to SW 25-30 knots gusting 35, seas building to 7 feet. Outlook is for diminishing winds, 10-15 knots gusting 20, on Thursday but seas growing to 14 feet. Over the weekend, southerlies back up to 20-25 knots gusting 30, and seas generally 10-14 feet but may reach the high teens or low 20s on Saturday.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 3-4 feet.
01/07 Tue 11:15 AM 2.0 L
01/07 Tue 05:04 PM 6.71 H
01/07 Tue 10:57 PM 1.67 L
01/08 Wed 05:45 AM 8.9 H
In Short: Cloudy, rain, then more rain and very windy.