Wednesday, Jan. 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: There was enough oomph from the weak weather front that passed through to wet the ground, but just barely. The only measureable rainfall on the Central Coast was 0.01” at Lincoln City’s Roads End station. Highest rainfall along the Oregon Coast was 0.06″ up at Astoria. Winds were 10-15 mph with a peak gust of 19 at Depoe Bay. High temperatures were near 50F. There were a few holes in the overcast allowing the sun to occasionally peek through the windows. It was cloudy overnight, lows in the mid-40s. This morning, the clouds have thinned with a hazy Moon visible at times.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/42F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 49F/39F/No measurable
Newport: 50F/37F/No measurable
Waldport: 50F/38F/No measurable
Yachats: 48F/40F/No measurable
Forecast: After our brief pit stop, we should be back on the track by later today. Clouds and any lingering drizzle should dissipate through the day, becoming mostly sunny by this afternoon, high in the low-50s, light northeast wind. Tonight, for those attending the Buy Local Lincoln County meeting at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport, look for partly cloudy skies and northeast wind about 10 mph. Overnight low of 40F. Tomorrow, a familiar pattern returns with sunny skies and the east wind ramping up to 15 mph gusting 25, high temperatures in the mid-50s, low around 40F. Ditto Friday. Outlook is for continued clear, except for patchy fog, through the weekend with highs of 55F and lows of 40F. Next week, the chances are increasing for a major transformation to cloudy with rain at times.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open, with wet pavement and around 35F this morning so there may be icy/frosty patches; temperatures rising to 50F later today. There is patchy fog mainly east of the Coast Range passes. Highway 101 temperatures are above freezing through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are in the mid-30s early today with areas of fog. In the Cascades, highways have wet pavement with icy and slushy spots. The freezing level is at 6,500 feet but rising to 8,000 feet by tonight.
Cascades Snow Pack… 50”, no loss or gain since yesterday.
Marine: The weather front is almost past us now and winds have backed from SW to E, under 10 knots, and seas are at 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 20 feet and less. The breeze is expected to go N today and rise to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by late afternoon with seas around 11-12 feet. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for winds begins this evening and runs through Thursday evening. Northeasters 15-20 knots gusting to 25 are forecast during this period, with seas 8-12 feet. Outlook is for E wind on Friday, down to 10-15 knots gusting 20; seas 10-12 feet but subsiding to 7-9 feet. A change begins over the weekend with light winds and lowering seas before a switch Monday to onshore flow and the possibility of several fronts pushing in during the week.
On the Beach… Becoming mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 10-11 feet.
01/22 Wed 10:19 AM 2.59 L
01/22 Wed 04:02 PM 6.37 H
01/22 Wed 09:55 PM 2.1 L
01/23 Thu 04:41 AM 8.27 H
In Short: Cloudy, becoming sunny, then clear with gusty east winds.