Thursday, October 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: Sun, clouds, showers, light winds and patchy fog were in the mix yesterday.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/54F/0.26”
Depoe Bay: 61F/54F/0.07”
A Special Weather Statement and Hydrologic Outlook have been issued by the National Weather Service for rainy and breezy weather Friday and Saturday. First up will be a warm front that pushes into the region on Friday, bringing rainy and windy conditions. Rainfall of 1-3 inches is possible Friday and Friday evening along the Central Coast and into the Coast Range, with lesser amounts elsewhere. The storm track will shift northward Friday night pushing the axis of heavy rain into Northwest Washington. This will leave Northwest Oregon under mild but breezy conditions with occasional light rain. Then part two, a cold front will slowly approach from the west on Saturday. This will push the axis of heavier rain southward over Northwest Oregon in the afternoon and evening. There is decent potential for another 2-4 inches of rain over the Coast Range and Cascades with 0.75-1.50 inches of rain elsewhere. Snow levels will initially remain high, 8,000-9,000 feet through Saturday evening, then gradually lower to 6,000 feet on Sunday.
With all leaves on the ground and the rain, storm drains will become easily clogged. This will create localized ponding of water in low lying areas and intersections. Motorists should slow down and be prepared for standing water later Friday through Saturday evening. In addition, leaves may easily cover road surface markings making it difficult to see distinctions between car and bike lanes. Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists that will be difficult to see in dark and rainy conditions. Area rivers may also see sharp rises over the weekend but with the dry Summer’s low flows, no flooding is expected.
Forecast: If pluviophiles had there own political party, they’d be holding a convention this weekend. As noted above, the Central Coast could receive 2-5 inches of rain between tomorrow and Sunday. It looks like today should be mainly dry with mixed skies, light winds and highs in the upper-50s. The convention’s icebreaker is tonight with a 50-50 chance of precipitation, and then the doors open tomorrow as the first round of steady rain arrives, maybe an inch, and southerly winds gust to 35 mph or so. Outlook is for the keynote address by the Pineapple Express on Saturday with 1-2 inches of rain and sou’westers gusting 40 mph or more, showers and possible thunderstorms wrap up the meeting on Sunday. There could be a few lingering conventional showers on Monday and Tuesday before all the pluviophiles head home under sunny skies Wednesday.
Travel: Lane restrictions continue west of Eddyville on Highway 20 daily between 9:00am and 3:00pm through next Tuesday. Flaggers are controlling traffic with delays of 20 minutes or less. In the Coast Range, there’s damp pavement on the highways this morning, pass temperatures are about 50F; mostly cloudy, scattered showers today and 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting a slight chance of showers, partly sunny, the thermometer rising to 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light west winds, high of 65F. For the Cascades, it’s wet on the highway passes this morning, temps 40-45F; showers today, the snow level is 6,500 feet; snow is possible in the Cascade passes Sunday through Wednesday.
Marine: Conditions have quieted down somewhat this morning with seas 8 feet at 12 seconds and a southerly breeze 5-10 knots. SW winds 5-10 knots gusting 15-20 today and tonight with swells holding around 8 feet at 13 second. Tomorrow, the first in a series of weather systems arrives as sou’westers rise to 20-25 knots, gusting 30 by evening, and 6 foot windwaves build on 9 foot swells. Outlook is for a second system to impact local waters on Saturday with gale force winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 and combined rough seas 14-15 feet. Sunday and Monday, W to NW winds 15-25 knots and swells remaining around 14 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Partly sunny, light breeze, surf 5-9 feet (moderate).
* Be advised that an unusually high tide will occur in conjunction with large surf this afternoon. 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 today.
10/29 Thu 07:51 AM 1.80 L
10/29 Thu 02:01 PM 9.75 H King Tide
10/29 Thu 08:36 PM -1.63 L
10/30 Fri 03:13 AM 8.14 H
In Short: Isolated showers, patchy fog, partial clearing, then wet’n’windy.