Saturday, Jan. 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: The clinkin’ and flappin’ abruptly ceased mid-afternoon yesterday as the east wind died out and clouds were visible off to the west, heralding the arrival of a small weather disturbance. The early part of yesterday was status quo – sunny and fairly breezy. Highs were flat along the Central Coast with all of the reporting stations showing 63F. Lows, in the low-40s, didn’t vary much, either; everywhere was within a couple of degrees. East winds were 10-20 mph with a peak gust of 35 at Lincoln City. The ideal measure of clouds moved in for gorgeous sunset photos last evening, before the overcast became complete overnight and into this morning.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City: 63F/41F
Depoe Bay: 63F/40F
Forecast: An ad in Valley newspapers should read, “Tired of the fog and frost? Come to the warmest place in Oregon, The Central Coast!” Even with mostly cloudy skies today, we’re still expecting a high in the mid-50s. For those joining Surfrider Foundation’s Styrofoam Cleanup on South Beach this morning, light winds will make the job easier. Mostly cloudy skies continue tonight, low in the low-40s, calm wind. More sunbreaks are on tap for tomorrow; at least partly sunny skies are forecast, with a high of 55F. Outlook for Monday is mostly sunny and highs returning to 60F or better. In fact, the rest of the week should be mostly sunny, though a smidge cooler from Tuesday onward, highs mid-50s, lows around 40F.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but below freezing this morning with icy spots and areas of fog; temperatures about 50F later today and near freezing again tonight. An ODOT Ice Warning is in effect today for Highway 34 west of Alsea. There are areas of dense fog mainly east of the Coast Range passes. Valley destinations will have areas of fog, sometimes dense, today and through the weekend. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement but with icy spots; the freezing level is around 10,000 feet. Outlook for motorists on this Martin Luther King holiday weekend is occasional icy spots in the higher terrain and limited visibility in the valleys.
Marine: The breeze has shifted to the S this morning, though light at 4-6 knots, and seas are at 6 feet. The change in wind direction is associated with the arrival of a decaying front. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Though winds are expected to remain light today, S 5-10 knots gusting 15, the big story is rising seas which should be up to 8 feet later today, 10 feet tonight, and peak at 11-12 feet tomorrow. A Small Craft Advisory has been issued for hazardous seas from this evening through late Sunday night. With the passage of the front, winds will return N to NE tonight and tomorrow, 5-10 knots. Outlook is for seas of 8-9 feet through mid-week and building again Thursday and Friday. Winds light, 5-10 knots and variable in direction, during the extended period.
On the Beach…. Mostly cloudy, light wind, surf 8-9 feet. Bigger surf, up to 12 feet, is expected tomorrow for the Winter 2014 Nelscott Reef Unvitational Open surfing competition at Lincoln City.
01/18 Sat 01:00 PM 8.39 H
01/18 Sat 07:41 PM 0.15 L
01/19 Sun 02:21 AM 7.8 H
01/19 Sun 07:52 AM 3.05 L
In Short: Mostly cloudy, light wind, then more sunshine.