Sunday, Jan. 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: As expected, yesterday was mostly cloudy with a few transient sunbreaks and warmer temperatures as highs rose into the low-50s. A couple of light sprinkles dotted windshields in the late afternoon and winds were calm for the majority of the day. A light southerly breeze picked up before midnight and was blowing 10-15 mph with a few gusts into the 20s by early this morning accompanied by moderate rainfall. At daybreak, it was raining with a rising southwest wind. Though you probably won’t get to see it because of dense overcast, the Full Wolf Moon occurs at 8:53pm tonight. The name is derived from the notion that amid the cold and deep snows of mid-Winter, wolf packs howled hungrily outside Native American villages. It is also known as the Old Moon.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 50F/42F/0.40”
Depoe Bay: 50F/44F/0.14”
Advisories: The final day of the long holiday period finds a couple of weather advisories in place, but nothing that should seriously impede travelers on their way home.
The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory, which is in effect until 11:00am this morning for the central Columbia River Gorge and the upper Hood River Valley. Ice accumulations of a tenth of an inch or less are expected. Icy roads and sidewalks are likely early this morning. Periods of freezing rain or freezing drizzle could cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving.
The National Weather Service has issued a Hydrologic Outlook for a heavy rain event expected for Southwest Washington and extreme Northwest Oregon on Sunday and Monday. The heavy rain is expected to develop as a result of a feed of tropical moisture that is forecast to hit the region in earnest Sunday afternoon and continue Sunday night through Monday morning.
Model projections show 3-5 inches of rain Sunday and Monday for the South Washington Coast, the Willapa Hills, the South Washington Cascades, the north part of the North Oregon Coast and Coast Range, and the north part of the North Oregon Cascades such as around Mount Hood. Amounts around the Portland and Vancouver Metro areas could reach an inch, and the Longview and Kelso areas could reach two inches. Current river model forecasts indicate that area rivers will rise sharply but stay below flood stage.
Real-time river levels and forecasts are available here.
Forecast: It looks like the heaviest rainfall will stay north of the Central Coast, albeit we could still receive up to an inch or so through tomorrow morning. The southwest wind will continue to build to 15-25 mph gusting 35 today, and then to 25-30 mph gusting 45 tonight. High today 55F, low tonight 50F. Tomorrow, a decreasing chance of rain, some patchy fog, southwest winds gusting to 30 mph and temps holding at 55F. Outlook is for fog but otherwise dry and mostly cloudy Tuesday, partly sunny Wednesday, rain likely Thursday, a chance of rain Friday and on into next weekend.
Travel Today: In the Coast Range, rainy, windy, high of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting rain and 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of freezing rain (see Freezing Rain Advisory above), windy, temps rising to around 45F. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow at Government Camp and Willamette Pass, and spots of ice on Santiam Pass, carry chains or traction tires; snow showers, 1-4 inches of snow accumulation possible early today, windy, with the freezing level at 4,000 feet rising to 5,000 feet this afternoon.
Outlook for Holiday Travelers… Wet pavement with rain tonight, possibly heavy at times, for all of Northwest Oregon.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 41”, no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 7” in the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/20”/Open, firm packed
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/Open, firm packed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/47”/Open, firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/22”/Open, firm packed
Mt. Hood Meadows 1”/38”/Open, powder and firm packed
Timberline 2”/48”/Open, powder and firm packed
Marine: Winds have come around to the S this morning, 10-20 knots offshore, though lighter nearshore, and seas are 7 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 26 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Gale Warning is in effect from 10:00am this morning through tomorrow morning. S winds rising to 25 knots gusting 35 today and combined rough seas building to 10 feet. For tonight, expect SW winds 25 knots gusting 35 with 12 foot lumpy seas. The breeze eases slightly tomorrow morning to 20-25 knots gusting 30, and then to S 15-20 knots by afternoon; windwaves 6 feet, swells 8 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for S to SE winds Tuesday through Thursday, 5-20 knots with swells 6-9 feet.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/04 Sun 11:03 AM 9.46 H
01/04 Sun 06:01 PM -0.71 L
01/05 Mon 12:43 AM 7.57 H
01/05 Mon 05:48 AM 3.40 L
In Short: Rainy, windy, then unsettled.