Monday, Jan. 5th – Lincoln County
Summary: The first storm of the new year produced a good shot of rain and a blast of southwest winds. Our reporting stations’ daily stats show that the precipitation was about on projections with the most recorded at the north end in Lincoln City and the least in the southern section at Yachats. As expected, there was much heavier rainfall on the North Coast with 3.04” at Cape Meares, 3.47” at Cannon Beach and 3.87” at the Astoria Airport. So, this Pineapple Express event just missed the Central Coast as we were south of the cutoff. High and low temps here were basically 50-55F and the breeze gusted up to into the 40s. The rain and wind continued overnight but both were starting to fade at daybreak.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/50F/44mph/0.90”
Depoe Bay: 52F/48F/30mph/0.52”
Forecast: We’re headed for dry-out after a 50-50 chance of some additional light rain this morning; high today about 55F. Next up, light east winds and patchy fog are expected to develop late this afternoon and into tonight, lows of 45-50F. Partly sunny skies are on tap tomorrow after areas of morning fog, light winds and a high near 60F. Outlook is for a mix of clouds and clearing with light east winds through Thursday, a chance of rain Thursday night, showers on Friday and a chance of rain for the weekend. The mercury climbs to 55-60F during the day and dips to 45-50F at night throughout the long-term period.
Travel: In the Coast Range, rain ending, high of 50F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of rain, fog developing and 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, windy, temps around 50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice at Santiam and Willamette Passes, carry chains or traction tires, and wet pavement with rain at Government Camp; the snow level is above 8,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 42”, a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 4” in the past seven days; 16” greater than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/20”/packed powder
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/46”/wet packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 1”/22”/wet packed
Mt. Hood Meadows 3”/38”/wet packed
Timberline 0”/50”/wet packed
Marine: S winds are 20-25 knots this morning and seas, though steep, have dropped a little to 10 feet at 8 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 32 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 4:00pm this afternoon. The Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas expires at 1:00pm this afternoon. Southerlies 20 knots gusting 30 are expected to ease to 15 knots gusting 20 later today and seas subside to 8 feet at 9 seconds. For tonight and tomorrow, S winds 5-15 knots with the swell dropping to 6-7 feet. Outlook is for fairly benign weather most of the week as a SE breeze of 5-10 knots is projected with seas of 7-8 feet lengthening to 12-15 seconds.
On the Beach… Chance of rain, cloudy, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/05 Mon 11:42 AM 9.28 H
01/05 Mon 06:37 PM -0.63 L
01/06 Tue 01:20 AM 7.67 H
01/06 Tue 06:29 AM 3.37 L
In Short: Rain ending, cloudy, fog developing, then mixed sky and warmer.