Tuesday, Jan. 27th – Lincoln County
Summary: The sky was about a 50-50 mix of sunshine and high clouds yesterday but the mercury still climbed to around the forecast high of 60F. Winds were mostly light out of the southwest except for a short burst of 10-15 mph gusting into the 20s during the late morning; Yachats recorded a gust of 28 mph. Clouds thickened after sunset and it was overcast through the evening and overnight. There were a couple of light rain showers, some patchy fog and drizzle early this morning, with lows in the 40s. At daybreak, it was overcast and calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/49F/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 59F/45F/<0.01” Newport: 61F/45F/0.01” Waldport: 56F/46F/0.01” Yachats: 58F/51F/0.01” [caption id="attachment_133136" align="aligncenter" width="975"] Click ad for details[/caption]
Forecast: A blah stretch of weather is on tap. Mainly overcast skies, possible sunbreaks, patchy fog, maybe some drizzle or light rain, very little breeze and high temps in the mid-50s will leave nothing to write home about today. And, these lackluster conditions are predicted to last through tomorrow. Outlook is for an end to the blahs beginning on Thursday with partly sunny skies, becoming mostly sunny and cheery Friday and Saturday, and then a chance of rain develops for Sunday and Monday. The thermometer floats around between 45F and 60F, unseasonable, but not record breaking on either end of the scale. Normal temps for late January are between 40F and 48F.
Travel: The Siuslaw River Bridge on Highway 101 at Florence will be restricted to a single lane from 9:00am to 3:00pm daily through Thursday as ODOT installs bird netting; bridge traffic will be controlled by flaggers with delays of 20 minutes or less. In the Coast Range today, areas of fog, drizzle, highs 50-55F. Valley destinations, except for Portland Metro, are under a Dense Fog Advisory with visibilities less than a quarter mile, cloudy, drizzle and a high of 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for cloudy skies, light winds, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette Pass but bare pavement elsewhere this morning; mostly cloudy with the freezing level at 7,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 33”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 8” in the past seven days; 16” less than this date last year; 84% 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”/43”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/5”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/31”/frozen granular
Marine: A light southerly less than 10 knots is wafting across local waters this morning and seas are 6-7 feet at 14 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. SW winds 5-10 knots early today, veering NW with gusts to 15 knots possible this afternoon, and swells 6 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, a northeast breeze 5-10 knots gusting 15 with swells down to 5 feet. Outlook is for light E to NE winds 5-10 knots Thursday through Saturday and swells remaining 4-6 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, drizzly/foggy, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/27 Tue 12:24 PM 1.30 L
01/27 Tue 06:35 PM 6.23 H
01/27 Tue 11:52 PM 2.76 L
01/28 Wed 06:31 AM 8.96 H
In Short: Mainly cloudy, patchy fog and drizzle, light winds, then slow clearing.