Saturday, Jan. 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: Mostly sunny skies prevailed for our outdoor recess yesterday. The mercury rose into the upper-50s and winds were light. Scattered high and thin clouds began putting the kibosh on the blue late in the day and into the evening, though stars were still visible after sunset. The bell rang, signaling the end of recess, shortly after midnight when the leading edge of the next storm system arrived and we had to retreat indoors out of the rain and rising winds. By daybreak, the breeze was building from due south and rainfall had already started to fill the gauges.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/49F/29mph/0.37”
Depoe Bay: 57F/46F/26mph/0.30”
The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a High Wind Warning for Central Coast beaches and headlands, which is in effect from 6:00pm this evening to 3:00am Sunday, for southwest winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph.
* Timing: around 6:00pm this evening through late tonight.
* Locations include: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats.
* Impacts: some damage can be expected from the high winds, especially to tree limbs and power lines. Power outages are possible. Drivers of lightly-loaded trucks and others in high profile vehicles such as motor homes and those towing trailers should be prepared for difficult driving conditions.
* Precautionary/preparedness actions: a High Wind Warning for the coastal headlands and beaches means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring in those areas along the immediate coast. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more are expected. Coastal headlands are characterized by high rocky shores and steep sea cliffs.
A Hydrologic Outlook has also been issued by the National Weather Service. Heavy rain is expected to fall over Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon this weekend that could lead to some minor flooding. Rainfall amounts of 3-5 inches are possible along the Coast Range and South Washington Cascades. The North Oregon Cascades and coastal areas could see 2-4 inches. Rainfall amounts in the interior valleys will be 1.5-2.5 inches.
Real-time river levels and forecasts are available here.
Forecast: With the tail of the current storm front sweeping across the Pacific all the way to Hawaii, oodles of tropical moisture is attached. For Surfrider’s Nye Beach and Agate Beach clean-ups today, expect the rain and wind to increase; 1-2 inches of rainfall and wind gusts as high as 40 mph are feasible. Tonight, the breeze builds further as gusts reach 55-60 mph with an additional inch or so of precipitation on tap. Showers tomorrow, maybe another quarter inch of rain, but winds subside to 10-15 mph gusting 20 or so. Outlook is for a slight chance of showers on Martin Luther King Day, sunshine Tuesday and Wednesday, a chance of rain Thursday and Friday, with another storm system possible next weekend. Temps stay seasonal at 45-55F throughout the extended period.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, heavy rain, windy, highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting rain and 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, temps 45-50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette Pass this morning, but bare pavement at Santiam Pass and Government Camp; rainy and windy with the snow level at 8,000 feet today.
Outlook for Holiday Weekend Travelers… Rainy, windy and wet pavement at the lower elevations through Monday; the Cascade highways will also be wet with the snow level at 7,500 feet tonight, but lowering to near pass level, 4,500 feet, tomorrow through Monday night with up to several inches of snow predicted, carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 37”, a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 2” in the past seven days; 15” less than this date last year.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 8”/52”/wet packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 2”/12”/open for tubing
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/36”/wet and hard packed
Timberline 2”/47”/wet packed
Marine: S winds are increasing this morning and have reached 15-20 knots gusting 25 with 9 foot seas at 14 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational vessels, and to uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 20 feet and less. A Gale Warning is in effect from 10:00am this morning through late tonight. Southerlies rising to 25-30 knots gusting 40-45 today with combined rough seas building to 13 feet at 14 seconds. Tonight, S winds 35 knots gusting to 45, veering SW after midnight, and very rough seas 17 feet at 13 seconds. Sou’westers are predicted for tomorrow at 20-25 knots gusting 30 with lumpy seas 13 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for W winds on Monday, 5-15 knots, seas still rough and square 12 footers. Tuesday and Wednesday, NE to SE winds 5-15 knots with swells subsiding from 9 to 6 feet.
On the Beach… Rainy, very windy, surf 10-15 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/17 Sat 08:57 AM 9.30 H
01/17 Sat 04:07 PM -0.17 L
01/17 Sat 10:47 PM 6.87 H
01/18 Sun 03:37 AM 3.51 L
In Short: Heavy rain, high winds, showers, then drying and clearing.