Monday, Jan. 27th – Lincoln County
Summary: Close, but no cigar, as Central Coast communities failed to reach record highs in yesterday’s sunshine. Most were just a degree or two shy of historical high temperatures. A lingering east wind in the morning, 10-15 mph, gave way to nearly calm conditions the remainder of the day so it felt warmer that the mercury indicated. A few streaks of upper level clouds began appearing late in the day and by this morning it was totally overcast with a little patchy fog and a low around 40F.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City: 58F/44F
Depoe Bay: 58F/39F
Forecast: It looks suspiciously like the first day of Autumn. In the space of less than two months we’ve experienced weather typical of all four seasons. The snow and frigid Winter in early December, a Spring-like and mild holiday season, then Summer over the past week, and today marks the transformation to Fall conditions. You have to look at the calendar and concentrate not to get confused. Clouds are thickening and rain is already visible to the west on radar this morning. The wet stuff is expected to arrive later today, high about 55F and east winds to 10 mph. Rain tonight, up to a quarter inch, and a low in the mid-40s. Tomorrow through Wednesday could be the heaviest rainfall from this system with totals approaching an inch or higher, along with stronger southerly winds gusting to 25 mph or so. Outlook is for a general mix of clouds, showers, sunbreaks and occasional dry periods thrown in for good measure. Cooler, too. Highs struggling to hit 50F and lows in the upper 30s.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but right at freezing this morning with spots of ice; warming to 50F later today. Patchy fog and periods of rain all week. Highway 101 temperatures are well above freezing through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are frosty this morning, but will be warming up with rain by tonight. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement with icy spots. The freezing level is at 8,000 feet, but dropping to 5,000 feet tonight. Snow is possible in the Cascade passes the rest of the week.
Cascades Snow Pack… 49”, no change since yesterday.
Marine: Winds have come around to the S at 10 knots this morning ahead of a cold front on its way in; seas are running 5 feet. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today, S to SE winds 10-15 knots with wind-waves to 3 feet and a 6 foot swell. Patchy fog and a chance of rain by this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for seas building to 10-12 feet goes into effect from this evening through Wednesday afternoon. The wind is expected to remain 10-15 knots gusting 20 or a little higher tonight through Wednesday. Outlook is for decreasing breeze and seas Thursday and Friday, with NW winds 10-15 knots and wave heights dropping to 6-7 feet.
On the Beach… Cloudy, chance of rain, light wind, surf 7-8 feet.
01/27 Mon 08:22 AM 9.49 H
01/27 Mon 03:35 PM -0.35 L
01/27 Mon 10:15 PM 6.9 H
01/28 Tue 03:08 AM 3.39 L
In Short: Overcast, chance of rain, then rainy and breezy.