Saturday, Jan. 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: Ol’ Sol, in cahoots with his cohort the east wind, put their backs into it yesterday and together gave us another round of decent, unseasonable weather. It was dry, relatively warm and cloud-filtered sunshine produced fuzzy shadows for most of the day. Highs were in the upper-50s and easterly winds blew 5-15 mph. Skies cleared after sunset and remained that way until midnight when the next weak weather system showed-up with its associated overcast and a half-hearted attempt at rain beginning about 5:00am; the mercury settled to the low-40s. At daybreak, it was cloudy with drizzle, patchy fog and the wind was nearly calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/46F/<0.01” Depoe Bay: 59F/42F/0.01” Newport: 59F/43F/<0.01” Waldport: 59F/44F/0.02” Yachats: 58F/48F/0.03” [caption id="attachment_133136" align="aligncenter" width="975"] Click ad for details[/caption]
Forecast: Even with their combined efforts, the Sun and the breeze won’t be able to hold back the next couple of weather disturbances. The current one early today is expected to dissipate by this evening. We should see highs reach 50-55F and light rain or drizzle is probable. A brief break in the precipitation tonight, lows of 40-45F. Tomorrow, a stronger system is projected to bring a little more rain, maybe a quarter inch, light southerly winds, and a high about 50F. Outlook is for a slight chance of showers on Monday, partly to mostly sunny Tuesday and Wednesday, cloudy Thursday and additional rain arrives Friday. Cooler temps are predicted, lows of 40F and highs about 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog, rain likely, highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations have areas of fog again this morning, a chance of rain and 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light winds, temps 45-50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Santiam and Willamette Passes this morning, bare pavement at Government Camp; cloudy, chance of rain with the snow level at 6,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is on and off rain with wet pavement tonight through Sunday night. In the Cascades, rain/snow showers through Sunday night, the snow level drops below the highway passes tonight to 4,000 feet and stays there until Monday; carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 35”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 6” in the past seven days; 5” less than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/16”/closed, waiting for snow
Mt. Bachelor 0”/44”/packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/14”/open for tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/33”/frozen granular
Marine: Seas are rounded 6-footers at 14 seconds this morning and the breeze is E 5-10 knots nearshore, but NW 10-15 knots offshore. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Expect NW winds today and tonight, 5-10 knots gusting 15, and 3-5 foot swells at 10-14 seconds. Light southerlies tomorrow, 5-10 knots, along with a long-period 4 foot swell. Outlook is for light E to SE winds returning Monday through Wednesday, 5-10 knots, though the swell is projected to slowly build to 8-10 feet by mid-week.
Notice to Mariners… Electronic editions of the 2015 Light Lists are available on the USCG Navigation Center’s website here.
On the Beach… Clouds, light rain, light breeze, surf 5 feet (low).
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01/10 Sat 09:25 AM 3.26 L
01/10 Sat 03:00 PM 7.02 H
01/10 Sat 09:27 PM 1.28 L
01/11 Sun 04:18 AM 7.76 H
In Short: Mainly cloudy, drizzly, light winds, then rain, drying later.