Sunday, Jan. 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: The Central Coast, or maybe we should start calling it The Sunshine Coast, apparently couldn’t stand an entire day without abundant blue sky. Despite the best it had to offer, a decaying weather front’s cloud cover lasted barely ten hours, from midnight through about 10:00am yesterday morning. It was cooler, however, with the mercury struggling to reach 50F, but light winds made it feel warmer in comparison to the recent 60F days with breezy conditions. There are a few clouds around this morning, some patchy fog and even frosty areas with temperatures around 35F.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City: 51F/39F
Depoe Bay: 47F/36F
Forecast: It seems we can’t do anything wrong. More sunshine, mixed with some clouds on and off, will dominate today’s weather. High around 50F this afternoon for the Lincoln County Historical Society’s fund-raising Crab Krack at the Best Western in Agate Beach. Light winds, the downside of which is an increase in patchy fog tonight. Low near 40F, maybe a touch colder. Sunny again tomorrow, high 55F. Outlook is for mostly clear skies, patchy fog, highs in the low-50s, lows in the low-40s, light winds. There is another weak weather disturbance arriving mid-week, but details at this point are sketchy.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but below freezing this morning with icy/frosty spots and areas of fog; temperatures rising to 55F later today. Highway 34 has been the worst for icy patches recently, so be careful if you’re using that route. There are areas of dense fog mainly east of the Coast Range passes. Highway 101 has a few frosty places as temperatures are a little colder this morning. Valley destinations will have areas of fog, dense from Salem south including Corvallis, today and through the week ahead. 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 foothills and valleys.
Marine: Seas have built overnight to nearly 11 feet this morning, and the wind is from the N at 10-15 knots. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels, and for uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect through late tonight. Wave heights are expected to remain 10-12 feet through Monday night before falling briefly Tuesday to 9 feet. Not much breeze in the near term with NE winds 5-10 knots gusting 15. Outlook is for the wind to switch to southerly Monday night through Wednesday, 10-15 knots with gusts to 20, and seas staying 9-11 feet.
On the Beach…. Mostly sunny, light wind, surf 12 feet. Looks like plenty of ocean swell to generate 30 footers over the reef for today’s Winter 2014 Nelscott Reef Unvitational Open surfing competition at Lincoln City.
01/19 Sun 01:38 PM 7.99 H
01/19 Sun 08:11 PM 0.51 L
01/20 Mon 02:52 AM 7.9 H
01/20 Mon 08:35 AM 2.94 L
In Short: Mostly sunny, light wind, continued dry.