Friday, Jan. 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: We were able to wring out a pretty nice one yesterday despite the fact it was, realistically, mostly cloudy and a few raindrops fell. The thin overcast came and went during the day, but plenty of solar power pushed through and the mercury climbed to around 60F; winds were light and variable. Scattered clouds to full overcast continued during the evening and overnight hours with a couple of light rain showers and low temps in the 40s. This morning, it was spittin’ a little rain and winds were light out of the east.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/47F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 60F/46F/<0.01” Newport: 61F/45F/<0.01” Waldport: 54F/43F/0.02” Yachats: 57F/49F/0.01” [caption id="attachment_133136" align="aligncenter" width="975"] Click ad for details[/caption]
Forecast: A fairly wet weather system is coming ashore, but its track is well north of us. The trailing southern edge is just grazing the Central Coast so we’ll probably get a little rain today, nonetheless unseasonably warm with a high near 60F and light winds. Tonight, expect mostly cloudy skies and a slight chance of rain, low of 50F. It looks like the clouds start breaking up tomorrow with partly to mostly sunny conditions expected and highs about 60F again. Outlook is for a full-on Summer day on Sunday as a very warm air mass permeates our area. To give you an idea of how warm this air is, forecast models indicate Sunday’s atmospheric set-up is warmer than the average for August. Granted, the low sun angle will limit temperatures some, but it’s looking increasingly likely that we could see some upper-60s to low-70s. Record highs will probably fall; the current record for Sunday is just 61F set in 1977. Monday should also be mostly sunny albeit a smidge cooler at 60-65F. Partly sunny Tuesday, high 60F, and then increasing clouds with a chance of showers and sunbreaks Wednesday and Thursday, highs 55-60F, lows around 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain likely, highs 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting some light rain and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, east windy, temps near 50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette and Santiam Passes this morning, bare pavement at Government Camp; a chance of rain with the snow level at 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is dry pavement with patchy fog in the Coast Range and areas of possibly dense fog in the Valley, partly cloudy in the Gorge and Cascades with the freezing level rising to 11,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 39”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 3” in the past seven days; 11” less than this date last year; 78% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/46”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/5”/open for tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/36”/granular and wetpack
Timberline 0”/28”/machine groomed
Marine: Winds are light easterly this morning 5-10 knots nearshore, but blowing out of the SE 10-15 knots offshore with seas 8 feet at 21 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 32 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 24 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late Saturday night. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect for offshore waters out past 10 miles through this afternoon. For today, SE winds becoming 10-15 knots, gusting 20 well offshore, and long-period seas 8-10 feet at 16-20 seconds. Tonight, the swell rises to 12 feet at 17 seconds with a southerly breeze 5-10 knots gusting 15. Light S wind tomorrow, 5-10 knots and swells holding around 12 feet at 15 seconds. Outlook is for light easterlies on Sunday, 5 knots, with seas dropping to 10 feet. S wind is projected for Monday and Tuesday, 5-10 knots, and swells subside from 9 to 6 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, some rain, light breezes, surf 8-12 feet (moderate).
* Sneaker waves are possible today and tomorrow as large, long-period ocean swells arrive on the Central Coast. Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during the afternoon high tides.
01/23 Fri 08:00 AM 1.98 L
01/23 Fri 01:56 PM 9.21 H
01/23 Fri 08:25 PM -0.55 L
01/24 Sat 03:02 AM 9.09 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, chance of rain, light winds, then slow clearing and warm.