Friday, Jan. 2nd – Lincoln County
Summary: We kicked off the new year with sunny skies yesterday and temperatures a little higher as the thermometer homed in on 50F. Winds were light out of the east 5-15 mph with a couple of gusts into the 20s. By sunset there were a few clouds off to the west but those dissipated overnight and low temps dropped to around freezing. And, you may have noticed that we’re gaining some daylight, about a minute a day now, receiving 10 full hours today. It was clear and cool at daybreak this morning with a hint of east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 49F/36F
Depoe Bay: 50F/34F
Past Year in Review*…
Temperatures: the highest was 89F on July 1st, the lowest was 20F on February 7th (tied with several other dates in January and February); there were 58 days with temperatures of at least 70F, the most since 1997; there were 11 days with temperatures of at least 80F, the most since 1989.
Precipitation: 72.87”, which is 5.61” above normal.
Wind Gust: the highest was 64 mph on January 10th.
Barometric Pressure: a new all-time highest reading of 30.08” was recorded on December 30th (surpassing 29.74” in 1996).
*Data based on closest National Weather Service official records station at Astoria. Read the entire report here.
Advisories: The National Weather Service has issued a Hydrologic Outlook for significant rainfall in the mountains Sunday through Monday which could result in some river flooding. A period of significant rainfall looks increasingly likely late Saturday night through Monday evening. Total precipitation for the 48 hour period ending Monday evening could be 3-7” over the west slopes of the Cascades, with 2-5” inches over the Olympics. The heaviest rain will probably occur late Sunday through Monday morning as the snow level rises to 4,500-6,000 feet. These rainfall amounts could be enough to drive some of the most flood-prone rivers to flood stage.
Forecast: Our cold, clear and dry weather regime is slowly falling apart. We’ll still be looking at partly to mostly sunny skies today, but increasing clouds by tonight with a slight chance of rain late; high about 50F this afternoon and a low of 40F overnight. Mostly cloudy tomorrow, light winds and the mercury again rising to about 50F. Outlook is for a chance of rain Sunday, rain likely Sunday night, and then varying chances of rain with mostly cloudy skies through Wednesday; temperatures 45F-55F during the period. A possible wet and windy storm is looming for late in the week.
Travel Today: In the Coast Range, there are spots of ice on all highways, partly cloudy, high of 45F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny skies and 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is icy patches, partly sunny, a chance of freezing rain late, windy, temps around 35-40F. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow on Santiam and Willamette Passes, and icy spots at Government Camp, carry chains or traction tires; partly cloudy today with the freezing level at 8,000 feet lowering to 6,500 feet.
Outlook for Holiday Travelers… Continued cool with patches of icy pavement possible just about anywhere in Northwest Oregon tonight and tomorrow night, then slowly warming through the weekend. Expect windy conditions in the Gorge with an increasing chance of freezing rain tonight, then warming tomorrow through Sunday. The snow level in the Cascades will be between 3,000 and 4,000 feet from tonight through the weekend with a chance of snow showers. Heavy rain Sunday night with the snow level well above the passes.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 42”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 16” in the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/22”/Open, packed powder
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/Closed, opening tomorrow
Mt. Bachelor 0”/48”/Open, firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/26”/Open, firm packed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/39”/Open, firm packed
Timberline 0”/48”/Open, firm packed
Marine: Benign conditions this morning with an ENE breeze below 10 knots and seas 4 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. NE to NW winds today and tonight 5-15 knots with a 3-4 foot swell at 12-14 seconds. Look for the beginning of a change to southerly weather tomorrow as the breeze goes SE 5-10 knots and the swell builds to 7 feet. Outlook is for much hardier winds Sunday and Sunday night, S 20-30 knots, along with swells 6 feet building to 9 feet. S winds on Monday and Tuesday, 15-25 knots, seas rising to 11 feet. A bigger storm may develop later next week.
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… Sun and clouds, light breeze, 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.
01/02 Fri 09:37 AM 9.54 H
01/02 Fri 04:40 PM -0.44 L
01/02 Fri 11:20 PM 7.16 H
01/03 Sat 04:17 AM 3.41 L
In Short: Mixed sky, light wind, cool, then warmer and wetter.