Wednesday, Jan. 28th – Lincoln County
Summary: Bland weather dominated the Central Coast yesterday. We had mostly cloudy skies, a few brief sunbreaks, light winds and a handful of raindrops, which fell early in the day and left only trace amounts in the rain gauges. High temps were in the 50s. Though it remained cloudy throughout the evening and overnight, there was a bright spot as the familiar flash of Yaquina Head Lighthouse once again pierced the gloom. The light has been reactivated following three months of painting and restoration work. Thermometers dipped to around 50F early this morning. At daybreak, it was overcast and calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/51F
Depoe Bay: 56F/49F
Forecast: Stagnant conditions are expected to continue today with mainly cloudy skies, sunbreaks, light winds and a slight chance of drizzle. The mercury rises to 55-60F. We should start seeing a change tonight as the overcast comes apart, low around 45F. Tomorrow, sunshine is on the way with a light northerly breeze and highs near 60F. Outlook is for patchy fog nights and mornings, but otherwise mostly sunny Friday and Saturday. A weather system is anticipated to show up sometime Sunday bringing a chance of rain, which morphs into the rain likely category on Sunday night. Headed into next week, it looks like we may be in store for a more progressive seasonally-wet pattern with varying chances of rain. Temps, however, persist unseasonably warm between 45F and 60F.
Travel: The Siuslaw River Bridge on Highway 101 at Florence will be restricted to a single lane from 9:00am to 3:00pm today and tomorrow as ODOT installs bird netting; bridge traffic will be controlled by flaggers with delays of 20 minutes or less. In the Coast Range today, cloudy, patchy fog, drizzle, highs 50-60F. Valley destinations are expecting cloudy skies, patchy fog, drizzle and a high of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for cloudy skies, a chance of light rain, light winds, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette Pass but bare pavement elsewhere this morning; cloudy, a chance of drizzle with the freezing level at 6,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 33”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 8” in the past seven days; 16” less than this date last year; 85% 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”/4”/open 2-5pm for tubing
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/31”/frozen granular
Marine: Winds remain light southeasterly this morning, 5-10 knots, and seas are 6 feet at 14 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. East winds 5-10 knots today, veering SE gusting 15 this afternoon, along with swells 5 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, a SE breeze of 5-10 knots veers SW after midnight, seas drop to 3 feet. Light northerlies tomorrow around 5 knots and mixed swells 4 feet at 11-17 seconds. Outlook is for NE wind 10-15 knots on Friday, going E 5-10 knots Saturday, and then as a weather system approaches, S winds 15-20 knots on Sunday; expect swells 5-7 feet through the latter period.
Notices to Mariners… Yaquina Head Light has been reactivated and is watching properly, Fl(2)20s. Electronic editions of all 2015 Light Lists are available on the USCG Navigation Center’s website here.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, maybe some drizzle, surf 4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/28 Wed 01:37 PM 0.98 L
01/28 Wed 08:03 PM 6.16 H
01/29 Thu 01:01 AM 3.31 L
01/29 Thu 07:31 AM 8.91 H
In Short: Mainly cloudy, chance of drizzle, light winds, then clearing.