Friday, October 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: Mostly cloudy, fog and light winds yesterday, with one short shower.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/58F/33mph/0.69”
Depoe Bay: 61F/56F/33mph/0.16”
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for rainy and breezy weather Friday and Saturday. The first big rain event of the season will produce locally heavy rain and gusty winds this morning through tomorrow night. However, river levels are very low so widespread river flooding is not expected in Northwest Oregon. The most common issue is expected to be urban flooding as storm drains clogged with leaves may cause water to accumulate quickly on roadways, in parking lots and in other low lying areas. In addition, fallen leaves may cover road markings, making it difficult to see distinctions between car and bike lanes. Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists who will be difficult to see in dark and rainy conditions. The heaviest rain today will be limited to the areas north of Lincoln City on the Coast and north of Salem in the Valley. Rain should ease tonight but then increase again tomorrow and tomorrow night, this time reaching south to Eugene and Florence. Steady rain will continue through Halloween evening and then become more sporadic Sunday.
In addition to rainy, both today and tomorrow will be breezy. Winds blowing out of the south to southwest will increase this morning, peak this afternoon and peak a second time tomorrow afternoon. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph along the Coast and 25-35 mph inland are expected. Normally these winds would not be of concern. However in this case they could knock a couple of trees down due to very wet soils. Any fallen trees could cause isolated power outages.
And finally, snow levels will lower Sunday night and Monday for this season’s first accumulating mountain snowfall down to the Cascade highway passes. However only minor accumulations are expected.
Forecast: Part one of the double whammy is already upon us. Rainy and windy conditions are on tap today, maybe a short respite tonight, and then part two hits tomorrow. Overall rain totals on the Central Coast are projected to be 2-4 inches by the time the storms fade Sunday night. Southerly winds are already blowing 25-35 mph this morning and are predicted to peak tomorrow at 40-50 mph; there’s some discussion among meteorologists that those forecast speeds are too low and that a high wind warning may eventually be needed. Sunday looks like it’ll be a little different as the steady Pineapple Express rain turns to showers, but it’ll still be quite breezy. Outlook is for cooler and drier weather slowly filling-in behind the storms with some showers yet on Monday, partly sunny Tuesday, and then mostly sunny Wednesday and Thursday. High temps of 50-55F and lows of 40-45F all week.
Travel: Lane restrictions continue west of Eddyville on Highway 20 daily between 9:00am and 3:00pm through next Tuesday; expect delays of 20 minutes or less. In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the highways this morning, pass temperatures are 50-55F; rain, windy today and 60F. Valley destinations are expecting rainy and windy conditions, the thermometer rising to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for heavy rain (1-2 inches), southwest winds gusting 25 mph, high of 60F. For the Cascades, it’s wet on the highway passes this morning, temps 40-45F; rain (1-2 inches) and breezy today, the snow level is 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet roads with ponding water, windy, and snow is possible on the Cascade highway passes by Sunday night.
Marine: The breeze is ramping-up quickly this morning with the first of two back-to-back storm systems now in local waters; S winds are already 25-30 knots and seas 8 feet at 12 seconds with windwaves over 7 feet. Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas are in effect through this evening. A Gale Watch is in effect from late this evening through tomorrow evening. Southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and tonight with square seas building to 10 feet at 10 seconds. Tomorrow, SW winds 25-35 knots gusting 40 and combined rough seas 14 feet, dominant period just 11 seconds. Outlook is for SW winds 20-30 knots gusting 35 on Sunday with combined seas 18 feet; a NW breeze 15-20 knots is projected for Monday, swells 13 feet, and N winds 15-20 knots on Tuesday with swells falling to 9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rainy and breezy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* The surf is expected to build rapidly this weekend so stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during the unusually high afternoon tides today through Sunday. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
10/30 Fri 08:37 AM 2.30 L
10/30 Fri 02:45 PM 9.36 H
10/30 Fri 09:23 PM -1.24 L
10/31 Sat 04:06 AM 7.81 H
In Short: Heavy rain, very windy, showers, then slow clearing and drying.