Tuesday, Feb. 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: Hail the end of the heaviest showers as the atmosphere begins to dry out and colder air creeps in. The most precipitation yesterday was recorded in the southern section of our area at Waldport and Yachats; Newport had a brief shot of hail just before dark. High temperatures were in the mid-40s. Northwest winds ramped-up to 10-15 mph gusting 25 for a brief period in the evening with a peak gust of 30 at Lincoln City. Overnight, skies were mostly clear and the low dropped to near freezing. At daybreak, light wind, overcast and cool.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 48F/35F/0.10”
Depoe Bay: 44F/34F/0.02”
Forecast: With lots of sunshine coming this week, you’ll get to relish every minute of it. We’re currently gaining over two and a half minutes of daylight every 24 hours. But, even in full sunshine, a Winter coat will be required apparel. It appears we will be ushering out highs in the low-40s today and probably won’t see temperatures that warm again until the weekend. Mostly sunny later today with light winds. Cold tonight, low about 28F under clear skies, and the beginning of a period of gusty east winds. Tomorrow’s high is expected to be right around freezing, sunny and east winds gusting 25 mph or more. Outlook is for cold, clear and windy through Friday. The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for daytime highs possibly below freezing, overnight lows around 20F, and east winds gusting over 30 mph. The next big concern is for Saturday when a wet weather system off the ocean overruns the cold air. Chances are increasing for the transition to go through snow, sleet and freezing rain before changing to all rain Saturday afternoon.
Travel: Damp pavement and temperatures near freezing this morning are creating slick spots on Central Coast roads and streets. Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open over the Coast Range, but below freezing with icy conditions in some areas. Snow showers are possible this afternoon. Highway 101 has isolated areas of frost early today. In the Valley, Corvallis is above freezing and mostly cloudy, but Portland is frosty with freezing fog. In the Cascades, scattered snow flurries are predicted through today. Cascade highways are cold, about 15F, with icy areas and packed snow. Chains or traction tires are required over Santiam Pass. Expect less than perfect driving conditions today. The freezing level is down to the surface.
Cascades Snow Pack… 69”, a gain of 4” since yesterday.
Marine: This is probably the last day for a while with benign conditions offshore. Winds are light this morning, 4-6 knots out of the N, and seas are running 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. By tonight, an arctic air mass is expected to generate NE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, and seas 4-5 feet. These conditions are forecast to continue through Friday. Outlook is for a period of stormy weather from the SW to begin on Saturday with southerlies 25-30 knots, maybe even reaching gale force, and seas building to 10 feet or higher. NAVIGATION NOTE: In the near future, the US Coast Guard will begin transmitting AIS ATON (Automatic Identification System – Aids to Navigation) messages and marine safety information via AIS for testing and evaluation. The exact content, location, and times of these broadcasts will be announced in future Local Notices to Mariners. If your vessel is capable of receiving and displaying these test AIS messages, you’re encouraged to provide feedback and report any anomalies to the USCG NAVCEN website: www.navcen.uscg.gov
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light wind, surf 3-4 feet (low).
02/04 Tue 09:37 AM 1.36 L
02/04 Tue 03:38 PM 7.44 H
02/04 Tue 09:33 PM 1.38 L
02/05 Wed 04:07 AM 8.98 H
In Short: Sun and clouds, light winds, then clear, cold and windy.