Friday, Jan. 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s storm took its time coming in, but when it finally arrived in the late afternoon it packed a wallop. Precipitation amounts were near an inch with Waldport slightly over. Southwest winds blew at predictions gusting to around 50 mph; Yachats hit 55 mph. Highest gust in the region was 84 mph on Mary’s Peak east of Newport in the Coast Range. The strongest winds were recorded between 6:00pm and 11:00pm. Both rain and wind subsided quickly after midnight as the storm front passed. By early this morning, the breeze had shifted to the west and dropped to about 10 mph, and albeit overcast, there was no rain falling at daybreak.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/52F/48mph/0.96”
Depoe Bay: 56F/46F/36mph/0.87”
Forecast: A short recess has been called for today as we get a break in the storm action. It should be mostly dry with some sunshine and a high of 55F. Tonight, the next tanker of precipitation comes down the storm track with around half an inch. Winds are projected to be fairly light and low temps dip slightly to 50F. The situation intensifies tomorrow as the Pineapple Express comes barreling in, ready to dump its tropical cargo of 1-2 inches of rain with south winds 20-25 mph gusting 30-35 and thermometer readings of 55-60F. Outlook is for additional rain on Sunday, maybe a quarter inch, showers on Martin Luther King Day, drying with sunshine Tuesday and Wednesday, and then back to a chance of rain late in the week. Normal temperatures throughout the period between 45F and 55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny, high of 50F. Valley destinations are expecting partly to mostly sunny skies and 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly cloudy, temps 45-50F. For the Cascades, there is slush and snowpack on Willamette Pass this morning, but bare pavement at Santiam Pass and Government Camp; rain/snow with the snow level at 5,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is rain and wet pavement at the lower elevations through Monday; the Cascade highways should also be just wet with the freezing level at 8,000 feet until a chance of snow showers develops on Sunday night and Monday as the snow level lowers to near the passes at 4,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”, a gain of 1” since yesterday; no overall loss or gain in the past seven days; 16” less than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 8”/52”/fresh powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 2”/12”/open for tubing
Mt. Hood Meadows 4”/37”/wet packed, dense new
Timberline 6”/46”/powder and packed
Marine: Seas are rough this morning, 11 feet at 13 seconds, and the breeze is WNW 10-15 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. W winds today 15-20 knots with seas 10-12 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, expect SE winds 10-15 knots rising to 20-25 knots after midnight and swells 10 feet at 15 seconds. Another gale is possible tomorrow as southerlies rise to 25-30 knots gusting 35 and combined rough seas rebuild to 12-14 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for sou’westers 20-25 knots on Sunday with square 13 foot seas at 13 seconds. Monday and Tuesday, things settle down a little; expect northerlies 10-15 knots and the swell subsides from 13 to 9 feet.
Notices to Mariners… Yaquina River Buoy 30 has been reset on station. Alsea Bay Bridge lights have been fixed and are watching properly.
On the Beach… Clouds and sunshine, possible showers, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/16 Fri 08:07 AM 8.85 H
01/16 Fri 03:21 PM 0.55 L
01/16 Fri 09:58 PM 6.35 H
01/17 Sat 02:39 AM 3.65 L
In Short: Mixed sky, chance of showers, then wet and windy.