Saturday, Jan. 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: The southern edge of the latest weather system to affect the Northwest lightly brushed the Central Coast with around a tenth of an inch of rain yesterday, most of it falling between 9:00am and 1:00pm. Farther up the coast, amounts ranged from a third to three-quarters of an inch north of Cascade Head, to around an inch at Astoria and over two inches at Forks, Washington. The overcast was punctured by a few sucker holes during the afternoon and the thermometer rose to the mid-50s. Winds were light to dead calm. Skies cleared to partly cloudy overnight and by daybreak, there was patchy fog, no wind, temps in the mid-40s and a rich orange sunrise to kick-start the weekend.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/50F/0.20”
Depoe Bay: 55F/46F/0.12”
Forecast: Dry and warm air is filtering in and mostly sunny skies with Spring-like temperatures around 60F are projected for today. Winds will be light. Partly cloudy tonight, lows dip to 45-50F. Summer is still on the agenda for tomorrow; sunny, a light easterly breeze and the mercury reaches into record-high territory at 65F or a little above. Outlook is for another pleasant one on Monday with abundant sunshine, light winds and 60-65F. Partly sunny on Tuesday with showers possible, highs 55-60F. Varying chances of rain exist through Thursday and then considerable clearing again by next weekend.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog, partly sunny, highs 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog early, then mostly sunny and a high of 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of rain, partly sunny, light winds, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette and Santiam Passes this morning, bare pavement at Government Camp; a chance of rain, partly sunny with the snow level at 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is dry pavement with areas of fog nights and mornings, partly sunny afternoons; spots of ice are possible on Cascade highways nights and mornings even though the free air freezing level rises to 12,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”, a loss of 3” since yesterday; an overall loss of 1” in the past seven days; 13” less than this date last year; 79% 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”/spring or soft
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/5”/open for tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/34”/soft wet granular
Timberline 0”/28”/soft wet
Marine: Winds are variable this morning 5-10 knots with seas 10 feet at 13 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through this afternoon. Swells remaining around 10 feet at 13-15 seconds today and the breeze should stay variable under 10 knots. Light southerlies tonight, 5-10 knots, backing to SE after midnight with the swell dropping to 8 feet at 14 seconds. Tomorrow, expect E winds 5 knots and seas around 10 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for mainly southerlies 5-15 knots with gusts to 20 on Monday night and the swell slowly subsiding from 9 to 4 feet by Wednesday.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breezes, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* Sneaker waves are possible today as large, long-period ocean swells have arrived 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 this afternoon’s high tide.
01/24 Sat 08:58 AM 1.80 L
01/24 Sat 02:53 PM 8.40 H
01/24 Sat 09:11 PM 0.22 L
01/25 Sun 03:49 AM 9.16 H
In Short: Partly cloudy, light wind, warm, then chance of showers.