Wednesday, October 28th – Lincoln County
Summary: A rather well-behaved weather system arrived on schedule ’round midnight and gave us nearly uniform precipitation amounts, just a smidge under half an inch. This came in the wake of a mixed sky and dry conditions yesterday with highs in the low-60s and light sou’westers. There was patchy fog and haze along the beaches beginning near sunset which lasted until the front made landfall. The heaviest rain was recorded between 2:00am and 4:00am before it turned to showers. At daybreak, the southwest wind had come up to 10-15 mph gusting 20 and the sky was spittin’ a few more raindrops.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/53F/0.46”
Depoe Bay: 62F/47F/0.43”
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for a storm system that will likely bring the first significant rain of Fall 2015 to the Pacific Northwest this weekend. Confidence in details remains low, but those planning outdoor activities should be prepared for a wet weekend and possibly some abrupt rises on area rivers. Also, consider clearing leaves from nearby street drains this week to reduce ponding of water over the weekend. Snow levels may also lower below the Cascade passes late in the weekend, bringing the first winter-like conditions to the Cascade passes this fall. At this point it appears that Santiam, McKenzie and Willamette Passes and the Timberline Highway will be most susceptible to travel impacts late in the weekend and/or early next week.
Forecast: We should get a few peeks at the Sun today along with a 50-50 chance of showers behind the front that just passed through, high of 60F and southerly winds 10-15 mph. Showers remain likely tonight, low about 50F. Tomorrow will be the last bright spot for the next several days as showers give way to partly sunny skies and thermometer readings near 60F. Outlook is for an atmospheric river event (or Pineapple Express) to set up Friday as a weather system makes landfall bulging with moisture from the tropics. Rain, possibly heavy at times, and strong southerly winds are projected to last through Saturday night, before showery, calmer and cooler weather takes over Sunday and Monday, and then partly sunny and dry by Tuesday. The mercury is expected to be down to highs of 50-55F and lows of 40-45F early next week.
Travel: Lane restrictions continue west of Eddyville on Highway 20 each day between 9:00am and 3:00pm through next Tuesday. Flaggers are controlling traffic with delays of 20 minutes or less.
In the Coast Range, it’s raining with wet pavement on the highways this morning, pass temperatures are 45-50F; rain turning to showers today and 60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain early, showers later, the thermometer rising to 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain/showers, light east winds, high of 60F. For the Cascades, rain is falling in the passes this morning, temps 40-45F; showers and windy today, the snow level is above 8,000 feet, decreasing to 7,000 feet this afternoon.
Marine: Seas have built to 10 feet at 16 seconds overnight with WSW winds 10-15 knots this morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. Swells 11 feet at 16 seconds are expected today and southerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20. Tonight and tomorrow, SW winds 10-15 knots and with seas leveling off at 9 feet. Outlook is for snotty weather Friday through Sunday as a storm system impacts local waters with SW winds 20-25 knots and swells building from 10 feet to 16 feet by the end of the weekend. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Partly sunny, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* Be advised that unusually high tides will occur in conjunction with large surf (8-10′) today and tomorrow. Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas will be periodically inundated by surf during this week’s King Tides.
10/28 Wed 07:05 AM 1.36 L
10/28 Wed 01:18 PM 9.90 H King Tide
10/28 Wed 07:49 PM -1.73 L
10/29 Thu 02:22 AM 8.36 H
In Short: Showers, partial clearing, dry, then wet’n’windy.