Thursday, Jan. 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday was nearly a clone of Tuesday with sunshine penetrating thin upper-level clouds and high temps climbing to around 60F. Winds were light and variable, albeit mostly out of the northwest. A smidge of haze developed along the beach after sunset, but otherwise skies cleared overnight and the mercury dropped to the mid- to upper-40s. A wind switch to easterly occurred early this morning, which had the effect of keeping fog to a minimum (unlike the Valley) and taking all the steam out of an already very weak weather system just offshore. At daybreak, it was clear as a bell and winds were out of the east at 5-10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 57F/49F
Depoe Bay: 62F/47F
Forecast: High temperatures are consistently running about 10F above normal for this time of year, and today will be no exception as we take another shot at 60F. Mostly sunny skies and unseasonably warm temps are in the cards for the next few days, through Saturday at least. Patchy fog is possible during the nights and mornings with lows around 45F, which is about 5F above normal for late January. Outlook is for the thermometer to remain in the 45F to 60F range through the extended period, but some wet weather is on tap for late Sunday into Monday, and then a chance of showers Tuesday and Wednesday along with partly sunny skies. Long range forecasts show a ‘No Winter Winter’ for the Central Coast as above average temperatures linger into Spring. Additional evidence for this unusually dry and warm Winter can be found in the Cascades snow pack which is currently just 15% of the 30-year average.
Travel: The Siuslaw River Bridge on Highway 101 at Florence will be restricted to a single lane from 9:00am to 3:00pm today as ODOT installs bird netting; bridge traffic will be controlled by flaggers with delays of 20 minutes or less. In the Coast Range today, patchy fog, partly sunny, highs 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, partly sunny and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, blustery east winds gusting 40-50 mph, temps near 50F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette Pass but bare pavement elsewhere this morning; partly sunny with the freezing level at 6,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 8” in the past seven days; 15” 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”/3”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/loose frozen granular
Marine: Light NE winds 5-10 knots again this morning and seas are running 5 feet at 17 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Summer-like conditions are expected today with northerlies 5-10 knots gusting 15 and a mixed swell; one is 3 feet at 17 seconds and the other is 4 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, N wind 10-15 knots gusting 20 with swells 4-5 feet at 10-15 seconds and 3 foot windwaves. NE winds tomorrow, 5-15 knots and seas 6 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for NE winds 5-10 knots on Saturday, S winds 10-15 knots Sunday, and a SW breeze 15-20 knots on Monday. Swells of 6-8 feet are projected through the period.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/29 Thu 07:31 AM 8.91 H
01/29 Thu 02:42 PM 0.60 L
01/29 Thu 09:20 PM 6.40 H
01/30 Fri 02:11 AM 3.57 L
In Short: Mainly clear, patchy fog, light winds, then continued fair.