Tuesday, Jan. 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: For January, it just doesn’t get much better than yesterday. Sunshine prevailed and highs were near 60F; south county was the warmest. East winds were mostly light, around 10 mph, allowing maximum comfort. There were a few stronger puffs of wind recorded with a peak of 24 mph at Lincoln City. Lots of folks were on the beaches enjoying the holiday. Overnight the east wind faded and lows dropped under clear skies to about 40F. However, varying amounts of clouds from an approaching front arrived by daylight.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City: 58F/44F
Depoe Bay: 58F/41F
Forecast: Put up your dukes, our next challenger has arrived. Another weak contender for the title of Central Coast Weather Spoiler is expected to pass through later today into midday tomorrow. Odds aren’t great for this guy, though. Mostly cloudy with only a slight chance of light rain or drizzle tonight and Wednesday morning. Patchy fog is possible. High today, cooler, about 50F. Tonight’s low in the low-40s. Tomorrow, maybe a tad warmer in the low-50s. We should be back to normal (mostly clear) by Wednesday night. Outlook is for mainly sunny days and clear nights through the weekend with highs in the mid-50s and lows in the neighborhood of 40F. Current long term projections are hinting at an end to the run of atypical Spring-like weather early next week with cloudy conditions and occasional rain.
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. Some light rain or drizzle may wet the pavement tonight and tomorrow. There is dense fog mainly east of the Coast Range passes. Highway 101 temperatures are above freezing through the Central Coast region. Corvallis and most other Valley destinations have frost this morning and areas of fog, dense at times. Portland has patchy fog. In the Cascades, highways generally have bare pavement with icy spots. The freezing level is around 10,000 feet but dropping to near pass level tonight and tomorrow with a chance for light snow.
Cascades Snow Pack… 50”, a loss of 1” since yesterday.
Marine: Indicative of a minor frontal system’s approach this morning, winds have come around to the S, 10-15 knots; seas are about 11 feet. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through tomorrow afternoon, with wave heights staying elevated at 9-11 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. S wind 10-15 knots today, gusting 20 and then veering W tonight, 5-10 knots after midnight. Local waters should be back in a N to NE wind pattern tomorrow, rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by nightfall with seas dropping briefly to 6 feet. Outlook is for NE to E winds 15-20 knots gusting 25, and seas rebuilding to 10-12 feet by Thursday morning into Friday.
On the Beach… Increasing clouds, chance of drizzle, surf 9-10 feet.
01/21 Tue 09:23 AM 2.8 L
01/21 Tue 03:05 PM 6.94 H
01/21 Tue 09:17 PM 1.51 L
01/22 Wed 04:01 AM 8.12 H
In Short: Mostly cloudy, chance of drizzle, then clear again.