Tuesday, Jan. 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: Thick, low overcast and light rain kick-started the first full workweek of 2015 yesterday, but by mid-morning the clouds began lifting and thinning, and the precipitation ended. The last of the southwest wind faded away by noon; Yachats had the highest gust at 30 mph with other locations in the mid-20s. Highs reached about 55F. The Sun struggled to make an occasional fleeting appearance through the afternoon but by early evening, what was left of the Full Wolf Moon was smiling brightly through increasing holes in the clouds. Patchy fog developed during the late evening and overnight; the mercury dropped to around 45F. This morning, there was some patchy fog, mostly cloudy skies, a stunning red-orange sunrise and light east winds.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/50F/0.03”
Depoe Bay: 54F/46F/0.04”
Waldport: 57F/47F/<0.01” Yachats: 56F/49F/<0.01” [caption id="attachment_133136" align="aligncenter" width="975"] Click ad for details[/caption]
Forecast: Nearly Spring-like conditions are in the cards over the next couple of days. High pressure goes to work on the cloud cover today resulting in partly sunny skies and the mercury homes in on 60F. Patchy fog is expected to develop again tonight under partly cloudy skies with a low of 45F. Mostly sunny tomorrow, light east winds and highs may top 60F. Outlook is for partly to mostly sunny on Thursday, high 55-60F, becoming overcast with a 50-50 chance of rain Friday, then mostly cloudy and varying chances of precipitation through Monday. Temperatures during the extended period should be seasonal at 45-55F.
Travel: Areas of dense fog with visibilities around a 1/4 to 1/2 mile have developed along parts of the Coast and Willamette Valley this morning. The dense fog is expected to become more widespread through the early morning hours. Motorists are urged to use extra driving precautions especially in and near school zones. In the Coast Range today, areas of fog, mostly cloudy, highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting dense fog until noon, mostly cloudy and 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for areas of fog early then mostly sunny, temps around 50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on the passes this morning; partly cloudy with the freezing level at 12,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 40”, a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 5” in the past seven days; 15” greater than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/19”/packed powder
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/46”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 1”/20”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Meadows 3”/36”/wet packed
Timberline 0”/47”/wet packed
Marine: Foggy in spots this morning with a light offshore wind flow, E 5-10 knots, and seas are 6 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. It looks like a pretty nice week ahead to get offshore and wet a line or drop a pot as light E to SE winds are expected, 5-15 knots, with rounded seas 6-8 feet today through Saturday. Patchy fog is possible, and there’s an outside chance that a weak system may produce some higher winds and seas on Friday, but at this point that scenario remains questionable.
On the Beach… Fog, clouds, sun, 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.
01/06 Tue 12:20 PM 9.01 H
01/06 Tue 07:12 PM -0.45 L
01/07 Wed 01:55 AM 7.72 H
01/07 Wed 07:10 AM 3.34 L
In Short: Patchy fog, mixed sky, then clearing.