Monday, Jan. 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: About a 60/40 split yesterday as far as the sun to clouds ratio went (and the Seahawks versus the Niners). But with mostly calm conditions, highs of only about 50F didn’t feel so bad, especially since we were rebounding from a frosty morning. Some fog started developing late in the afternoon, and even thickened a little before the east wind returned late in the evening and whisked it away. Those winds built overnight to 10-15 mph with a peak gust of 31 at Newport. This morning it’s clear as a bell with a bright, waning gibbous Moon, it’s not frosty and east winds are down a pinch.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City: 51F/40F
Depoe Bay: 50F/35F
Forecast: Holiday visitors returning east to the Valley today will have a great story to tell. It’s about that magical land to the west where the sun always shines and you can see farther than a quarter mile. The Central Coast is in for another gorgeous day with sunny skies and a high of 60F or so. East winds are forecast to be around 10 mph, but you should expect higher gusts if you’re planning outdoor activities like hunting for glass objets d’art on the beach at Lincoln City today. Mostly clear tonight with a low of 40F. Outlook is for a brief break Tuesday and Wednesday as another weak weather disturbance takes a shot at us. Not too much predicted other than increasing clouds tomorrow and a slight chance of rain tomorrow night and Wednesday. Then it’s back to the same old, same old, with mostly clear skies the rest of the week. Highs in the 50s, lows around 40F, light to moderate east winds.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but below freezing this morning with icy/frosty spots and areas of fog; temperatures rising to 50F later today. Highway 34 has been the worst for icy patches recently, so heads-up if you’re using that route. There is dense fog mainly east of the Coast Range passes. Highway 101 should be fine with coastal areas in the 40s. Valley destinations have frost this morning and areas of fog, dense at times, through tonight. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement with icy spots; the freezing level is around 9,000 feet. There’s a chance for snow showers in the Cascade passes from Tuesday night through Wednesday night.
Cascades Snow Pack… 51”, no change from yesterday. NOTE: This new feature will give you the daily snow pack at the main Mt. Hood SNOTEL site at 5,370 feet of elevation. We’ll also provide monthly reports and yearly comparisons.
Marine: It’s a trade-off this morning with falling seas and rising wind. The E wind is up to 15-20 knots offshore but seas are down to 8 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The shorter seas will be short-lived as they’re expected to rise again later today. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect this afternoon and runs through tomorrow afternoon; wave heights building to 12 feet tonight, subsiding to 9 feet tomorrow. Winds today out of the E 5-10 knots gusting 15 with higher gusts near shore, veering to SE tonight and tomorrow, 10-15 knots with gusts to 20. Outlook is for a weak front to pass through local waters Tuesday night causing the wind to go south, so to speak, for a while, but return to NE by Wednesday, 10-15 knots gusting 20. Seas through the extended period more Winter-like at 9-12 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, breezy at times, surf 8-12 feet.
01/20 Mon 08:35 AM 2.94 L
01/20 Mon 02:18 PM 7.5 H
01/20 Mon 08:43 PM 0.97 L
01/21 Tue 03:25 AM 8.0 H
In Short: Clear, occasionally breezy, then increasing clouds.