Sunday, Jan. 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: Surf’s up, and we’re riding the last wave of weather related troubles today with a High Surf Warning continuing through this morning at 10:00am. Storm seas offshore reached 30 feet last night and the inshore surf is still quite high, around 23 feet early today. For the most part, not a lot of rain on Saturday, below half an inch, but the wind was right up there again gusting to 50 mph or higher. Temperatures stayed in the upper-40s to low-50s. The wind is down to a measly 20-25 mph this morning, but the rain has increased and become steady.
Peak Wind Gusts Yesterday (in miles per hour):
Lincoln City – 55
Depoe Bay – 59
Newport – 51
Waldport – 46
Yachats – 39
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 51F/48F/0.27”
Forecast: It is the final round of a week-long fight and it doesn’t look like a knockout. Rain is expected to taper off to showers by this afternoon, maybe a few holes in the clouds, and winds subsiding to 15-20 mph gusting 30. Showers should be ending overnight into tomorrow morning, but still a little breezy with gusts to 25 mph. Monday is forecast to be at least partly sunny with a high of 50F. Outlook is for dry and warmer weather through Friday with ample sunshine, high temperatures flirting with 60F and light east winds. Nighttime lows in the mid-30s with patchy fog. Next chance of rain is Friday night into Saturday.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and well above freezing today with wet pavement. Breezy and rainy, but no serious problems are foreseen for travel to and from the Central Oregon Coast. Some wind gusts may hit 40-45 mph in the higher terrain early today. There is water on Highway 34 at Alsea Mountain Summit again today, but it is passable. A tree was down on Highway 229 this morning about 6 miles from its intersection with Highway 101. One tree fell last night on Highway 20 about 5 miles west of Philomath, but it didn’t block the travel lanes completely and was quickly cleared. Valley destinations will be rainy and breezy today. In the Cascades, a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 4:00pm this afternoon for another 6-12 inches of snow and west winds 20-30 mph gusting to 50. Snow and blowing snow with visibilities near zero will make mountain travel very difficult through the day.
Marine: The commercial crab fleet, and others, may be able to get back on the ocean safely as early as tomorrow afternoon. After peaking around 30 feet last night, seas are down in the low-20s this morning and the SW winds have subsided from gusts of 40 knots to 20-25 knots. Depoe Bay bar is under a Captain of the Port closure for all vessels, and Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. There is a Small Craft Advisory for SW winds through this afternoon, 20-25 knots gusting 30. A Small Craft Advisory for seas remains up until tomorrow afternoon when they subside to about 12 feet. By tomorrow night, winds should be around 5-10 knots, still southerly, seas 11 feet. Outlook is for high pressure to build, the wind veering to NE 10-15 knots and seas below 10 feet for the remainder of the week. Next chance of a blow is Friday night or Saturday.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf subsiding to 20 feet. The beaches will remain hazardous through most of today. Dangerous surf may move large debris items like logs up onto beaches. Avoid walking on jetties, rocks, coastal cliffs, driftwood logs and anywhere along the water’s edge. Waves may rise unexpectedly and sweep you into the turbulent and frigid water.
01/12 Sun 09:12 AM 8.91 H
01/12 Sun 04:21 PM 0.2 L
01/12 Sun 11:04 PM 6.75 H
01/13 Mon 03:52 AM 3.77 L
In Short: Rain, breezy, showers, clearing and warmer.