Saturday, October 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: Much of our area was plagued by fog again yesterday as a lack of wind prevented atmospheric mixing; in other words, the air was just plain stagnant. A light southeast breeze finally did the job in the late afternoon, clearing most of the fog and increasing visibility, though it remained cloudy above. The mercury only made it into the upper-50s. A band of wrap-around rain showers from a weather disturbance south of us began impacting the Central Coast last night with precipitation totals fading from north to south; Lincoln City had the most, Waldport and Yachats the least. At dawn, the sky was overcast, more showers were on the radar and winds blew out of the south at 5-10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/53F/0.14”
Depoe Bay: 56F/52F/0.05”
Forecast: Damp through Monday. No major storm systems are involved with the current precipitation so rainfall should be spotty instead of steady. No gullywashers here, folks, maybe a quarter inch or so overall. Scattered showers today, tonight and tomorrow; light southerlies and thermometer readings between 55F and 60F night and day. Outlook is for rain likely Monday, mostly clear Tuesday, partly cloudy Wednesday and then a chance of showers again Thursday and Friday. Seasonal temperatures are projected with highs around 60F and lows in the upper-40s to mid-50s.
Travel: A bad wreck closed Highway 20 about 4 miles west of Eddyville just before 6:00am this morning; ODOT estimates a two-hour or greater closure. In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways, temperatures are 50-55F; showers today with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting scattered showers, possible thunderstorms and a high of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers likely, light west winds, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, the passes are wet this morning with temperatures around 50F; showers likely today, the snow level is above 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is occasional wet roads through tomorrow night; the snow level in the Cascades is expected to remain above 8,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are S 5-10 knots this morning with seas 4 feet at 8 seconds. Expect southerlies 10-15 knots today and swells slowly building to 6 feet at 10 seconds. Tonight, W winds 10-15 knots, seas 7 feet. The breeze veers to NW 5-10 knots tomorrow and swells peak around 8 feet. Outlook is for a S to W wind on Monday 10-15 knots gusting 20, and then northerlies 10-15 knots Tuesday and Wednesday with swells 6-8 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, mostly cloudy, 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.
10/17 Sat 09:12 AM 3.07 L
10/17 Sat 03:14 PM 7.89 H
10/17 Sat 09:59 PM 0.27 L
10/18 Sun 04:44 AM 6.61 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, showers, light winds, then drying and partial clearing.