Thursday, Jan. 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: In the wake of an exceptionally stormy Fall and early Winter, 2014 went out like a newly-shorn lamb shivering in the cool air. A few clouds fueled a kaleidoscopic sunrise yesterday, but before lunch the Sun grabbed total control of the sky and reined through a crystal clear sunset. The thermometer rose to the low-40s and east winds were light most of day. Skies stayed clear during the evening and temps dipped to around freezing as bundled-up guests arrived for New Year’s Eve parties. Overnight there were a few bursts of east wind gusting to around 25 mph. The new year dawned clear, frosty and a tad breezy in some spots.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 42F/36F
Depoe Bay: 39F/31F
Forecast: 2015 starts off in the same fashion as 2014 left us – sunny today, a little breezy, with highs nudging up to 45F or a little above. Areas of fog are expected to develop tonight, light winds and a low of 30-35F. While freezing fog and icy conditions are possible, it’ll all depend on where the mercury stops tonight. Foggy tomorrow morning and then partly sunny through the day, highs of 45-50F. Outlook is for partly to mostly cloudy skies Saturday and Sunday with varying chances of light rain Monday through Wednesday.
Travel Today: In the Coast Range, there are spots of ice on all highways, sunny, highs of 35-40F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and 35-40F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is icy patches, sunny, very windy, temps around 30-35F. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow on Santiam and Willamette Passes, and icy spots at Government Camp, carry chains or traction tires; sunny today with the freezing level at 4,500 feet.
Outlook for Holiday Travelers… Continued cold and patches of icy pavement are possible just about anywhere in Northwest Oregon with areas of freezing fog tonight and tomorrow, then slowly warming through the weekend; windy in the Gorge. The freezing level in the Cascades should remain between 4,500-5,000 feet through the weekend, and there’s a slight chance of rain/snow showers tonight and again on Sunday.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 43”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 21” in the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/24”/Open, packed powder
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/Closed, opening on Saturday
Mt. Bachelor 0”/50”/Open, packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/28”/Open, packed powder
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/42”/Open, packed powder
Timberline 0”/49”/Open, packed powder
Marine: Seas are 5 feet at 8 seconds this morning and the breeze is out of the NE 10-15 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The NE wind flow continues today at 10-15 knots with a few gusts to 20 and the swell stays down around 3 feet. Tonight, the wind veers to N 10-15 knots, easing after midnight, with a rounded 4 foot swell at 13 seconds and fog developing. The breeze goes NW tomorrow, 5-10 knots, and swells should remain negligible at 4 feet. Outlook is for light NE wind on Saturday before the weather turns onshore and the wind ramps up to S 20-25 knots Sunday and Monday; swells building to 7-8 feet with 5 foot windwaves.
Notice to Mariners… The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) US Coast Pilot 7, Pacific Coast: California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Pacific Islands, 47th Edition 2015, has been issued and is ready for free download and weekly updates here.
On the Beach… Sunny, chilly, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/01 Thu 08:50 AM 9.46 H
01/01 Thu 03:54 PM -0.07 L
01/01 Thu 10:29 PM 6.84 H
01/02 Fri 03:25 AM 3.32 L
In Short: Cool, clear, light wind, then slowly warming.