Thursday, Jan. 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: We were able to squeak out one more pleasant stretch of sunshine and partly cloudy skies yesterday. East winds of 10-15 mph slowed the advance of an approaching weather system, keeping the cloud cover minimal until well after sunset. High temps were mainly in the mid-50s though Waldport and Yachats toyed with 60F. There was a good deal of starshine until about 2:00am this morning when the clouds finally filled in. The thermometer slipped to the low-40s. At daybreak, the sky was overcast and the breeze had shifted to southeast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 56F/45F
Depoe Bay: 56F/43F
Forecast: A pair of storms are on tap, literally. Today’s will be wet and windy, Saturday’s much soggier but less breezy. Rain is expected to develop by late this morning and the wind ramps up to southerly 25-30 gusting 35-40. High temps around 55F. Tonight, look for increasing south winds 25-35 mph gusting to 50 and possibly an inch of rain; the mercury dips slightly to 50F. A short break appears to be likely tomorrow with a 50-50 chance of showers, some sunbreaks and lighter winds. Outlook is for a drenching on Saturday as a copious amount of moisture from the tropical Pacific taps into an arriving weather system. 1-2 inches of rain is possible, but winds shouldn’t breach 30 mph. Rain is likely Sunday, followed by a chance of showers on Martin Luther King Day, and then drying with sunshine through midweek. Seasonal temperatures of 45-55F are projected.
Travel: In the Coast Range, rain, breezy, high of 50F. Valley destinations are expecting rain by late morning and 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, gusty east winds, temps 40-45F. For the Cascades, there are icy patches on all highway passes this morning; rain/snow with the snow level at 5,000 feet, increasing to 6,500 feet this afternoon.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 35”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 2” in the past seven days; 18” less than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/45”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/10”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/33”/loose and frozen granular
Marine: Winds are light easterly nearshore this morning, but blowing out of the south 20-30 knots offshore past 10 miles, and seas are up to 10 feet at 14 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 24 feet and less. A Gale Warning is in effect from 10:00am this morning through late tonight for S winds rising to 30-35 knots gusting 40 and combined square seas building to 14 feet at 14 seconds. The breeze is expected to lighten to W 15-25 knots after midnight with steep, very rough seas holding around 16 feet at 13 seconds. Tomorrow, W to SW winds 10-20 knots and choppy seas 13 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 20-25 knots with seas 10-15 feet Saturday and Sunday, and then winds calming to N 10 knots on Monday but the swell remaining around 13 feet.
On the Beach… Rainy, breezy, surf 8-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/15 Thu 07:16 AM 8.46 H
01/15 Thu 02:31 PM 1.30 L
01/15 Thu 08:58 PM 5.87 H
01/16 Fri 01:37 AM 3.62 L
In Short: Rain developing, becoming windy, a short break, then stormy again.