Saturday, Jan. 31st – Lincoln County
Summary: The Portland TV stations sent us another steady stream of visitors yesterday as Valley residents escaped the fog and heeded forecasts of Summer-like conditions on the Central Coast. And, they were right. Sunny skies and temperatures near 60F generated a fair amount of cha-ching in local cash registers. Adding to the impression of a Summer day was a northwest breeze 10-15 mph gusting into the 20s during the afternoon. The day closed with a stunning sunset as camera shutters clicked away and couples held hands on the beach. Skies stayed clear overnight; winds were light and the mercury dipped to the low-40s. At daybreak, it was mostly clear with a bit of patchy fog and a light northeast breeze.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 56F/46F
Depoe Bay: 59F/40F
Forecast: The honeymoon is about over. People hawkish on sunshine have one more day before pluviophiles get their turn. Today is probably the last chance for a while to attack outdoor projects on the Honey Do list. Mostly sunny skies early and highs of 55-60F will give way to increasing clouds through tonight, low around 45F. Rain is on track to develop tomorrow, high 55F. So, between the game and the rain on Sunday, alfresco undertakings will rapidly slide down the priority scale. Outlook is for an overall change to wet and sometimes windy weather for the week ahead. Though right now there aren’t any real barnburners lurking out there, rainfall amounts some days could reach half an inch or better and winds may approach 30-40 mph at times. Temps remain above normal between 45F and 60F throughout the extended period.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice and patchy fog early, then mostly sunny, highs 50-60F. Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog, gradually becoming mostly sunny and a high of 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for spots of ice, patchy freezing fog, mostly sunny skies, east winds gusting 25-30 mph, temps near 45F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on all highway passes this morning; partly cloudy with the freezing level at 9,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry tonight, and then rain with wet pavement tomorrow and tomorrow night; Cascade snow levels are projected to remain above the passes at 5,500 feet with icy spots possible during the nights and mornings.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 4” in the past seven days; 26” less than this date last year; 86% 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”/42”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/3”/open for tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/loose frozen granular
Marine: Swells are running 6 feet at 14 seconds this morning with the wind NE 5-10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Mainly light nor’easters 5-10 knots with a few gusts to 15 today and seas 5 feet at 13 seconds. Expect an overall change to southerlies for the week ahead beginning tonight with S winds 5-10 knots gusting 15. Tomorrow, S winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas building to 7 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for a seasonal SW blow on Monday, 25-30 knots, with combined rough seas of 13 feet. A NW breeze on Tuesday, 5-10 knots along with a 9 foot swell, but back to southerlies 15-20 knots on Wednesday, swells around 6 feet. Gales with seas rising to 20 feet are possible toward the end of next week.
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.
01/31 Sat 09:21 AM 8.95 H
01/31 Sat 04:25 PM -0.01 L
01/31 Sat 11:06 PM 7.06 H
02/01 Sun 04:08 AM 3.47 L
In Short: Mainly clear, patchy fog, light winds, then wet and windy.