Friday, Jan. 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: It was a shade cooler yesterday, though Waldport did reach a new high temp for the date and Lincoln City tied its 62-year-old record. Other communities were close, but no cigar. High clouds began drifting in by late morning keeping temperatures from rising as much as they did on Wednesday. Filtered sun was the order of the day, and east winds blew 10-15 mph with a few gusts into the 20s. Skies cleared to partly cloudy overnight and lows dipped to the mid-40s. This morning saw broken overcast and light east winds along the Central Coast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 60F*/49F/*Ties record high of 60F in 1953
Depoe Bay: 58F/46F
Waldport: 61F*/46F/*Beats former record high of 60F in 1990
Forecast: The Sun has its work cut out for it today with additional cloud cover trying to move in. The thermometer will be laboring a little, too, as highs head for 55F and record temps are left in the rearview mirror. Working in our favor, the east winds, which have a push-back drying effect on incoming weather systems. But by tonight, light southeast winds will allow a slight chance of rain, lows around 45F. We’re up to a 50-50 chance of rain tomorrow, moderate northwest winds and highs of 50-55F. Outlook is for rain likely on Sunday, a chance of showers Monday, and more sunshine Tuesday through Thursday. Temps range from 45F to 55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, areas of fog, mostly cloudy, highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations (except Portland Metro) are under an Air Stagnation Advisory until 4:00pm this afternoon with areas of fog, mostly cloudy and 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for patchy fog, mostly cloudy skies, windy (it was gusting to 75 mph at Crown Point this morning, and a gust of 91 mph was recorded last evening), temps today around 45-50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Santiam and Willamette Passes this morning, bare pavement at Government Camp; mostly cloudy with the free air freezing level at 9,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is showers with possible wet pavement tonight through Saturday night, rain on Sunday. In the Cascades, a chance of rain showers through Saturday night, but the snow level drops to, or below, the passes Sunday and Sunday night with an increasing chance of snow.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 6” in the past seven days; 1” greater than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/13”/firm packed
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed, waiting for snow
Mt. Bachelor 0”/45”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/14”/open for tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/33”/frozen granular
Timberline 0”/43”/firm packed
Marine: Seas are running 7 feet at 13 seconds this morning and the breeze is SE 10-15 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Offshore conditions are supposed to remain reasonable over the next several days. S winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 today and tonight along with a mixed swell of 5-6 feet at 10-15 seconds. Tomorrow, a quick shot of NW wind 5-15 knots and 5 foot swells at 13 seconds. Outlook is for the wind to back to southerly again on Sunday, 5-15 knots, and swells remain about 5 feet. For Monday and Tuesday, look for E to SE winds of 5-10 knots, with swells building to 6-7 feet.
On the Beach… Clouds, sunbreaks, light breeze, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/09 Fri 08:36 AM 3.30 L
01/09 Fri 02:16 PM 7.63 H
01/09 Fri 08:52 PM 0.73 L
01/10 Sat 03:41 AM 7.73 H
In Short: Mixed sky, light winds, then cloudy and a chance of rain.