Saturday, Jan. 3rd – Lincoln County
Summary: We began normalizing our relations with the weather yesterday. After a sunny and cool start to the day, clouds from a weak front slipped over the Central Coast during the afternoon. Winds were light northeast 10 mph or less and high temps came in near 50F. By late evening, drizzle and light rain dampened the area and some patchy fog developed; the thermometer dipped slightly to the mid-40s. At daybreak, there was fog in spots, drizzle and only a breath of east wind. Newport had the highest low temperature in the state this morning at 44F while Burns (no relation) recorded the lowest at +3F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 50F/36F/0.12”
Depoe Bay: 49F/34F/0.08”
Yachats: 51F/38F/<0.01” Advisories: None.
Forecast: It’ll be back and forth between dry and wet over the next few days beginning with mostly cloudy skies and mainly dry today; a few peeks at the Sun are not out of the question. High today around 50F and winds will be light. Tonight, rain is likely, low of 45F and a southerly breeze of 5-10 mph. The first bona fide weather system of the new year arrives early tomorrow with rain, possibly heavy at times, south wind 10-15 mph gusting 30 and a high of 55F. Outlook is for rain likely and windy tomorrow night, the breeze rising to south 20-25 mph gusting 35. A chance of rain on Monday, partly sunny Tuesday and Wednesday, with the next bout of rain on Thursday, and showers for Friday. Seasonal temps through the period between 45F and 55F.
Travel Today: In the Coast Range, there are spots of ice on all highways, mostly cloudy, high of 40-45F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, mostly cloudy skies and 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is icy patches, mostly cloudy, scattered showers, temps rising to around 45F. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow at Government Camp and Willamette Pass, and freezing rain with black ice on Santiam Pass, carry chains or traction tires; a chance of snow showers today with the freezing level at 3,000 feet.
Outlook for Holiday Travelers… Mainly wet pavement with rain showers today and steadier rain tonight through tomorrow night for all of Northwest Oregon expect the Cascades where snow showers are expected; the snow level will remain between 3,000 and 4,000 feet tonight and tomorrow, but rises above the passes Sunday night to 7,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 41”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 7” in the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/21”/Open, firm packed
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/Season Opening today, firm packed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/47”/Open, firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/24”/Open, firm packed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/38”/Open, firm packed
Timberline 0”/48”/Open, firm packed
Marine: Winds are nearly calm this morning and swells are 4 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. N to NE winds developing today, 5-10 knots gusting 15, and 3 foot swells building to 6 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, look for the breeze to veer S and rise to 15-20 knots while seas remain about 6 feet. A blow is predicted for tomorrow with southerlies 20-25 knots gusting to 30 and 6 foot swells getting chopped up by 7 foot windwaves. Outlook is for SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 along with 6 foot seas on Monday. The situation eases Tuesday to S wind 10-15 knots, swells around 7 feet. SE wind on Wednesday, 20-25 knots, and seas rising to 9-10 feet.
On the Beach… Mainly cloudy, nearly calm, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/03 Sat 10:21 AM 9.54 H
01/03 Sat 05:22 PM -0.65 L
01/04 Sun 12:04 AM 7.41 H
01/04 Sun 05:04 AM 3.42 L
In Short: Mostly cloudy, light winds, then wetter and windier.