Monday, Jan. 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: It was an odd one yesterday with all the earmarks of a storm system; the only thing missing was wind. A dainty east to southeast breeze hardly disturbed the vertical trajectory of the steady light rain falling most of the day. High temperatures came in at projections around 50F. There was a brief break in the precipitation from sunset to about midnight followed by a series of showers, some quite heavy, rolling in from the northwest. Lincoln City was nailed with three-quarters of an inch of rain, mainly from one substantial shower early this morning. Lows were near 45F. By daybreak, skies were still overcast, there were showers on the radar, and it was calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 51F/47F/0.73”
Depoe Bay: 49F/44F/0.55”
Forecast: Appearances can be deceiving. Albeit it looks like more dreary seasonal weather is on tap, we are headed for a short burst of dry and mostly sunny weather, beginning tomorrow. Today, the clouds linger and a few more showers, some possibly heavy, are not out of the question. Light winds with the mercury rising to about 55F. Expect partial clearing and patchy fog tonight, a slight chance of showers and a low of 45F. Sunshine, a little east wind and highs near 55F are predicted for tomorrow. Outlook is for mostly sunny skies again on Wednesday, a 50-50 chance of rain Thursday, rainy and windy Friday and Saturday, with a potential Pineapple Express precipitation event in the mix. Showers are likely on Sunday and temps persist between 45F and 55F throughout the long range period.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, areas of fog, chance of showers, highs of 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog this morning, showers and 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of showers, light winds, temps 40-45F. For the Cascades, there is snow pack and slush on Santiam and Willamette Passes this morning, and spots of ice at Government Camp, carry chains or traction tires; rain/snow showers with the snow level at 5,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 35”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 7” in the past seven days; 13” less than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/16”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 2”/45”/fresh powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/on standby
Mt. Hood Meadows 2”/30”/powder and packed
Timberline 2”/41”/powder and packed
Marine: Winds are ESE this morning, 5-15 knots, and seas are 6 feet at 14 seconds. Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. S to SE winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 are expected today with swells 5 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, look for sou’easters 5-10 knots, swells 4 feet and patchy fog. Light E winds tomorrow 10 knots or less with a 4 foot swell. Outlook is for SE winds on Wednesday 10-15 knots gusting 20, swells building to 8 feet. A gale is possible Thursday and/or Friday with southerlies rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30-35 and combined seas growing to 11-13 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, light breeze, surf 5 feet (low).
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01/12 Mon 11:23 AM 2.93 L
01/12 Mon 04:57 PM 5.88 H
01/12 Mon 10:45 PM 2.44 L
01/13 Tue 05:40 AM 7.95 H
In Short: Showers, light winds, then clearing, but stormy late-week.