Thursday, Jan. 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: And yesterday’s storm was probably not even the biggest we’ll see this week, just the latest in a series of increasingly stronger fronts to wallop the Central Coast. Wednesday’s weather system packed southwest winds of 25-35 knots with a peak of 42 at the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Rainfall amounts of about half an inch were recorded. Temps ranged generally from 45-50F. The steady rain and wind backed off overnight with some showers this morning and south winds around 10 knots.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 53F/48F/0.51”
Forecast: It’s a rerun. Today’s forecast is almost identical to yesterday’s. Showers turning to occasional rain and winds back up from the southwest 10-15 knots gusting 30 or better. More rain tonight with southwest winds a little higher. Rainfall the next 24 hours about half an inch. Tomorrow, the chances of rain are down to 50-50, but it’ll still be breezy. Outlook is for the most powerful of this series of storms to blast in tomorrow night. The southerly wind is expected to build to 40 knots gusting 60 in the evening. Heavy rain, too, with an inch or more predicted. With the passage of the cold front Saturday morning, showers and possible thunderstorms are on tap. Winds easing by afternoon. Showers remain likely Sunday before we head into a drier period early next week.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are above 40F today with wet pavement. Standing water is reported at Alsea Mountain Summit on Highway 34 this morning. Corvallis, Portland and other Valley destinations are all relatively warm and wet. Travel over the Cascades is going to be tough the next few days. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect. Cascade highway passes have packed snow; chains or traction tires are required over Santiam Pass on Highway 20. Outlook is for 2-4 inches of snow today and again tomorrow, then up to 2 feet of snow and very windy with whiteout conditions Saturday night through Sunday.
Marine: As anticipated, seas are rising and are currently just over 10 feet; the SW wind has abated from yesterday’s blow and is down to 12-15 knots. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels; Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 21 feet and less. As the next front approaches today, Small Craft Advisories have been hoisted for hazardous seas through tomorrow afternoon and for winds from this morning through late tonight. SW winds are expected to ramp-up to 20-25 knots gusting 30-35 this afternoon, seas 10-12 feet. SW winds easing after midnight to 10-15 knots. Outlook is for a major storm to shoulder its way into local waters beginning tomorrow afternoon bringing southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 35, seas up to 15 feet. Friday night and Saturday is the big stuff with winds approaching storm force, 35-45 knots gusting 55, seas building to 20 feet. By Saturday night, mariners could face seas of 30 feet or higher with slowly diminishing winds. Seas and winds are forecast to finally start abating by Sunday into Monday.
On the Beach… Rainy, windy, surf 10-12 feet. Storm watchers can anticipate high winds and huge surf – possibly 30 feet – this weekend. Plan on viewing this storm from a safe elevation; the beaches themselves will be quite dangerous.
01/09 Thu 01:40 PM 1.34 L
01/09 Thu 07:55 PM 5.97 H
01/10 Fri 12:56 AM 3.14 L
01/10 Fri 07:32 AM 8.85 H
In Short: Rain, windy, then heavy rain and high winds.