Tuesday, Jan. 5th – Lincoln County
Summary: Since our last report before the holidays, the Central Coast had a brush with Winter as cooler temperatures prevailed and some freezing rain temporarily iced everything over for a few hours on Sunday. But, as of yesterday, we were well above freezing with broken overcast and about a tenth of an inch of precipitation. The majority of the rain fell last night and early this morning, low temps stayed up around 40F so there was no threat for freezing rain like most of Northwest Oregon is experiencing. At daybreak, it was cloudy with a light southeast wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/39F/0.10”
Depoe Bay: 47F/40F/0.10”
Forecast: Regular old rain is on tap today but drying and clearing conditions are headed this way as the storm track shifts south to California. High this afternoon about 50F with southeast winds 15-25 mph. Tonight, the rain fades after 10:00pm, lows dip to the upper-30s and the southeast wind hangs on. We’re down to just a chance of rain tomorrow, high again about 50F. Outlook is for partial clearing and mostly dry Friday through Sunday with highs around 50F and lows about 40F; rain returns by Monday.
Travel: A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect until 10:00am this morning for the Central and Southern Willamette Valley, the Portland and Vancouver metro area, the Western Columbia River Gorge, the Central Coast Range, and the North and Lane County Cascade foothills.
In the Coast Range, there’s mainly wet pavement on the highways this morning, but temperatures are right at 32F in the passes so icy spots are possible; rain and freezing rain this morning, rain this afternoon, temps warming to 40-45F. Valley destinations are expecting rain, possibly mixed with freezing rain early, then plain rain later, the thermometer rising to 35-40F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for snow likely, east winds gusting 25 mph, high of 35F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow on the highways this morning with temperatures 25-30F, carry chains or traction tires; snow likely today, accumulations up to 2 inches, the snow level is 3,000 feet.
Marine: Though winds are light easterly nearshore this morning, they’re blowing 25-30 knots at Stonewall Bank offshore and seas have built to 11-12 feet at 21 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas are in effect through tomorrow morning within 10 miles of shore, and a Gale Warning goes into effect farther out from this evening through tomorrow morning. SE winds 20-25 knots gusting 30-35 today with combined seas building to 16 feet at 19 seconds. Tonight, SE winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 nearshore and 40 offshore, seas 15-17 feet at 16-17 seconds. Tomorrow, SE winds easing to 15-25 knots and seas falling to 11-13 feet at 16 seconds. Outlook is for mainly southerlies 10-20 knots and swells 9-11 feet through Saturday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 12-16 feet (moderate).
* Due to the long period between waves today, the setup is ripe for sneakers. Be aware that these occasional waves will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
01/05 Tue 08:25 AM 8.37 H
01/05 Tue 03:27 PM 1.33 L
01/05 Tue 09:53 PM 6.28 H
01/06 Wed 02:51 AM 3.91 L
In Short: Rain/showers, windy, then drying and partial clearing.