Wednesday, Jan. 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday will go down in the weather books as unremarkable. It was mostly cloudy with a few short sunbreaks, spittin’ a little rain, moderate southeast winds and highs in the mid-50s. The majority of the precipitation fell between sunset and 10:00pm, with our southern section receiving about a third of an inch of the wet stuff. Skies were mainly clear for the rest of the night until another weather front arrived with clouds and rain early this morning. At daybreak, there was light rain and an east wind blowing 10-15 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/43F/0.20”
Depoe Bay: 52F/42F/0.29”
Forecast: It looks as though today will be equally unremarkable as we have a 50-50 chance of rain, mainly this morning, mostly cloudy skies, east-southeast winds 10-15 mph gusting 20, and a high around 50F. A chance of rain lingers tonight, low of 40F. Tomorrow, a chance of rain early, turning to showers as the day progresses, a light breeze and the mercury rising to about 50F. Outlook is where we find some slightly more remarkable weather as it dries out and we start seeing some sunshine. However, the low sun angle and enough clearing at night to allow daytime heat to escape into the atmosphere, will create cooler thermometer readings. Mostly clear skies are anticipated on Friday, a chance of rain Saturday, back to clearing on Sunday and Monday, with a chance of rain Tuesday; high temps 45-50F and lows 35-40F are expected throughout the extended period.
Travel: A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 10:00am this morning for the Central and Southern Willamette Valley. Visibility generally one eighth to one quarter of a mile but as low as a couple of hundred feet in some areas. Temperatures should remain above freezing, however they may dip into the lower-30s in places which could create icy roads.
In the Coast Range, there’s mainly wet pavement this morning, it is foggy and temperatures are right at 32F in the passes so icy spots are possible; a 50-50 chance of rain today, warming to 40-45F. Valley destinations are expecting fog this morning, a chance of rain this afternoon, the thermometer rising to 40F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, light east winds, high of 35F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow and spots of ice on the highways this morning with 20-30F, carry chains or traction tires; a chance of more snow today, the snow level is 2,500 feet.
Marine: Winds are S 15-25 knots with seas 13 feet at 16 seconds this morning. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. SE winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 easing to 10-15 knots, swells 15 feet at 17 seconds subsiding to 12 feet at 15 seconds. Tonight, a SE breeze 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 12 feet at 16 seconds. Light SE winds 5-10 knots tomorrow, but swells rebuilding to 15 feet. Outlook is for SE winds 5-10 knots on Friday, seas around 8 feet, then E winds 5-10 knots and 10 foot swells Saturday and Sunday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Chance of rain, breezy, surf 12-16 feet (moderate).
* Due to the long period between ocean swells today, sneaker waves are probable. Be aware that these occasional waves will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
01/06 Wed 09:10 AM 8.69 H
01/06 Wed 04:10 PM 0.69 L
01/06 Wed 10:44 PM 6.73 H
01/07 Thu 03:42 AM 3.92 L
In Short: Diminishing rain, moderate winds, then drying, cooling and clearing.