Summary: Not half-bad yesterday during the daylight hours as the showers took a recess and there were about equal portions of sunshine and clouds. Highs were near 50F and lows in the low-40s. Rainfall amounts came in under a quarter of an inch, and winds blew from the west-southwest 10-15 mph with a peak gust of 23 recorded at Depoe Bay. As forecast, the recess was over by evening, then showers, some rather heavy, rolled through overnight. This morning saw a brief break in precipitation before what is expected to be the final round of showers for a while.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/43F/0.21”
Depoe Bay: 48F/41F/0.10”
Forecast: There are more showers on the radar, literally, early today and some of those will pass through our area. Highs in the upper-40s. A raincoat will probably still be necessary this evening on your way to the concert fundraiser for the Siletz Bay Music Festival at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Patchy fog developing tonight along with waning chances of rain, and a low in the upper-30s. Tomorrow, mostly sunny after morning fog, high again 48F or so, lows near 35F, and light winds. Partly sunny Sunday; cool with highs in the mid-40s and lows near freezing. Outlook is for another minor weather disturbance carrying a slight chance of rain to come in the door Sunday night, but finding the exit by late Monday. The rest of the week, partly to mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Temperatures below normal, staying in the range of 32-45F, light winds.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and around 35F this morning with wet pavement and icy spots. Highway 34 has standing water on the roadway again today near Alsea Mountain summit at Milepost 38. Highway 101 has no issues through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are in the upper-30s with showers expected throughout the day. In the Cascades, heavy snow showers are making travel difficult. Highways have packed snow and continuing snow showers with the freezing level at 2,000 feet and falling. Chains or traction tires are currently required over the higher elevations. Outlook for weekend travelers: On the Central Coast to Valley highways expect cooler temperatures and icy nights and mornings, with the snow level dropping to near the passes by Sunday night. Corvallis, Portland and other Willamette Valley locations are expected to have frosty mornings with patchy fog. The Cascades will be dicey all weekend with more snow predicted and the freezing level dropping to near 1,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack… 58”, a gain of 5” since yesterday.
Marine: Seas have moderated to below 8 feet this morning, and the wind is out of the SW at 10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 22 feet and less, with no restrictions for uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Nothing much to worry about the next few days as conditions are expected to remain fairly flat. NW wind easing to 5-10 knots this afternoon through tonight, and seas falling to 6 feet. Tomorrow, S wind 5-10 knots, seas 5 feet. Outlook is for variable winds 5-10 knots and seas staying around 5 feet. No large storms predicted for the week ahead, though there could be a slight bump-up in winds about mid-week.
On the Beach… Showers, light wind, surf 5 feet (low). The final King Tide of this Winter occurs at noon today. Use caution anywhere near the ocean during this period of extreme high water. To view pictures of the effect these unique tidal events produce, the Oregon King Tides Photo Initiative is holding a photo party at Rogue Brewery in Newport this evening.
01/31 Fri 12:01 PM 10.24 H
01/31 Fri 06:40 PM -1.41 L
02/01 Sat 01:13 AM 8.92 H
02/01 Sat 06:51 AM 1.71 L
In Short: Showers, light winds, then clearing and cooler.