Wednesday, Jan. 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: Whether or not we needed it, yesterday was a stern reminder of exactly where we live. You’d never know that a week ago we were basking in sunshine with Summer-like temperatures. An inch or better of rain has fallen during the past day; almost an inch and a half in Yachats. Southwest winds accompanying this storm system were 20-25 mph with a peak gust of 32 at the Newport airport. High temperatures for period, in the low-50s, were actually recorded after sunset as a warm front came in. The rain turned light this morning, but southerly winds are still up around 20-25 mph.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/45F/0.98”
Depoe Bay: 51F/43F/0.96”
Forecast: If you think you’re confused by our recent abnormal weather, think about the flowers. Tulips and other hardy early risers are already pushing up. Not unheard of, certainly, but it’s still pretty early in the year. On tap today, a change from the steady rain to a showery regime with thunderstorms possible late this afternoon. Southwest winds are forecast to continue at 20-30 mph, gusting to 45. High near 50F. Tonight, if you’re on your way to discuss the sport halibut fishing season with state officials at the Holiday Inn in Newport, you might want to wear foul weather gear. Showers and a chance of thunderstorms continue this evening and overnight, lows around 45F, and slowly abating winds. Tomorrow, look for a 50-50 chance of showers, high again of 50F, and light west wind. Outlook is for another blast of showers Thursday night and Friday before a drying trend sets in for the weekend with cooler temperatures, light winds and the return of the sun.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and well above freezing with wet pavement and occasional windy conditions today. Highway 101 has no issues through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are in the 40s with rain expected through the day. In the Cascades, a Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for this afternoon through tomorrow morning. Highways have a mix of wet pavement and icy spots this morning but the freezing level is dropping below pass level later today, down to 3,000 feet, and 4-8 inches of snow is predicted.
Cascades Snow Pack… 47”, a loss of 2” since yesterday.
Marine: Rough on the ocean this morning with combined seas near 12 feet, and winds out of the SSW 15-20 knots gusting 25. As of 8:00am, Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels and uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. There is a Small Craft Advisory in effect for SW winds rising to 20-25 knots today gusting 30 with isolated gusts to 35 through this evening. And a Small Craft Advisory is up for hazardous seas 9-12 feet through tomorrow morning, with a few waves approaching 15 feet. The bulk of any gale-force wind gusts should be over by late this afternoon, but there is a chance of thunderstorms in the mix which could produce short bursts of high winds overnight. The weather is expected to lay down tomorrow, with the breeze going W 10 knots gusting 15 and seas of 8-10 feet. Outlook is for variable winds 5-10 knots Friday and through the weekend, with seas falling to 4-7 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, windy, surf 9-12 feet. The final round of this Winter’s King Tides begins today. Be extremely careful anywhere near the ocean this week. If you’d like to help document these exceptional events (from a safe distance) now through Friday, go here: www.coastalatlas.net/kingtides/
01/29 Wed 10:16 AM 10.23 H
01/29 Wed 05:12 PM -1.39 L
01/29 Wed 11:48 PM 8.06 H
01/30 Thu 05:04 AM 2.54 L
In Short: Showers, windy, then slow drying.