Friday, Jan. 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: The southern end of the Central Coast was the garden spot yesterday. Waldport had the highest temperature (63F) and Yachats the least wind (10 mph). The area’s peak wind gust was recorded at the Newport airport, 35 mph, with Lincoln City not far behind at 33. A chilly morning blossomed into another pleasant, relatively warm, day with nary a cloud to be seen. But varying amounts of gusty east winds kept local residents bundled-up in sweatshirts and light jackets. Another stunning moonrise was the lead-in to a clear night and temperatures dropping to the upper-30s and low-40s this morning.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City: 60F/41F
Depoe Bay: 57F/36F
Forecast: Wind chimes will be a-clinkin’ and flags a-flappin’ as the east winds are forecast to continue today, 15-20 mph with gusts to 30 or more. The high temperature should once again be near 60F. Tonight, on your way to “Things My Mother Taught Me” at Theatre West in Lincoln City, you’ll need a jacket as temps drop after sunset into the 40s. Tomorrow, a slight change as we see a few clouds move in and the winds lighten as they turn southeast, high about 55F, and a low in the low-40s. Outlook is for mostly cloudy tomorrow night, partly sunny on Sunday, light winds. Back to mostly sunny for the week ahead with highs in the mid-50s and lows in the low-40s. It now looks like the small weather disturbance arriving this weekend is not strong enough to break down the high pressure which is responsible for our dry weather, though we’ll probably see more cloudiness.
Travel: In light of many recent traffic crashes on our mountain highways, it is worth repeating that even with low temperature forecasts of 35-40F and the freezing level at 10,000 feet or higher, Coast Range and Cascade highways can have icy/frosty spots just about any time during the Winter months. Nights and mornings are usually the worst, but shaded areas can hold frost and ice for much of the day.
That said, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but below freezing this morning with icy spots and ground fog; temperatures rising to the mid-50s later today. There are areas of dense fog mainly east of the Coast Range passes. Valley destinations will have areas of fog, sometimes dense, today and tonight. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement but with a few icy spots; the freezing level is at 12,000 feet. Outlook for travelers on this Martin Luther King holiday weekend is basically the same as above for all areas of Western Oregon with no serious travel issues. But, as pointed out, always be prepared for slick spots.
Marine: Seas are at 5 feet this morning, E winds at 15 knots with higher gusts near shore. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Not much to worry about in the near term with winds staying 10-15 knots though slowly veering to SE, then S and to SW by tomorrow afternoon. Seas are on a slow rise; 6 feet later today, 7 feet tonight and 9 feet tomorrow. Outlook is for seas to top out at about 12 feet on Sunday and then slowly subside early in the week. Light winds, 10 knots or less, going to the N on Sunday and back to E during the first part of next week.
On the Beach…. Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 5-6 feet. Bigger surf, up to 12 feet, is expected by Sunday for the Winter 2014 Nelscott Reef Unvitational Open surfing competition at Lincoln City.
01/17 Fri 12:24 PM 8.69 H
01/17 Fri 07:10 PM -0.09 L
01/18 Sat 01:50 AM 7.68 H
01/18 Sat 07:12 AM 3.16 L
In Short: Mostly sunny, breezy, then a few clouds.