Wednesday, Jan. 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: Who turned the knob from color to black-and-white? The thick gray overcast has certainly put a serious damper on our bright Winter colors. It stayed gray all day yesterday with about an equal amount of rainy and dry periods, but no sunshine. Highs in the low-50s and lows in the mid-40s were the rule. Winds came from the southwest at 20 knots; peak gusts at Depoe Bay and Newport hit 25. It’s almost calm, foggy and light rain this morning.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 53F/48F/0.72”
Forecast: We’ve gone zonal. It’s called a ‘zonal flow,’ but you might think of it as the storm track, or maybe even a conveyer belt. Whatever the nomenclature, it simply means that the North Pacific Ocean’s winter storms are in queue, aimed right at us and bearing down. You’ll need a rain jacket on your way to the Safe Routes to School meeting tonight in Newport as the next system comes ashore this morning and more rain is expected through this evening, maybe another half inch or so. Southerly winds pick up this afternoon to 15-20 knots gusting 30. Basically that same forecast holds through Friday. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 40s to low-50s throughout the extended period. There could be short pauses between the fronts, but they won’t last long. Outlook includes a Special Weather Statement for this weekend. Very strong southwest winds, possibly 50-60 knots, and as much as 3-5 inches of rain are now being predicted for Friday night and Saturday. Sunday into Monday, showers, sunbreaks and much lighter winds.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are near 40F today with wet pavement; the same for Corvallis, Portland and other Valley destinations. The big story is developing in the Cascades. Trips to Eastern Oregon may be extremely hazardous over the next few days. Outlook for the Cascade highway passes is for 6-10 inches of snow tonight, another 2-4 inches tomorrow and Friday, then up to 2 feet of snow and very windy with whiteout conditions Saturday night through Sunday.
Marine: In local waters early today it is foggy, S wind 10-15 knots, seas 6 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are currently unrestricted. But this morning’s fairly light conditions are going to be short-lived. Small Craft Advisories are now up for winds rising to SW 20-25 knots gusting 30 or higher by this afternoon along with hazardous seas, actually steep wind waves, to 9 feet. The SW wind stays up tonight, 20-25 knots gusting 30, seas building to 12 feet. For tomorrow and Friday, expect a slight easing of the SW breeze to 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 12-13 feet. Outlook is for a real barnburner Friday night into Saturday, with storm force wind gusts out of the SW 40-50 knots and seas over 20 feet, possibly rising to 30. By Sunday, the SW wind should fall to about 15-20 knots, but lingering storm seas will still be up around 20 feet.
On the Beach… Rain, windy, surf 4-5 feet. Storm watchers can anticipate high winds and huge surf this weekend. Plan viewing this storm from a safe elevation; the beaches themselves may be quite dangerous.
01/08 Wed 12:29 PM 1.72 L
01/08 Wed 06:28 PM 6.14 H
01/08 Wed 11:54 PM 2.5 L
01/09 Thu 06:38 AM 8.87 H
In Short: Rain, windy, then heavy rain and high winds.