Thursday, Jan. 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: It was another one with very little to write home about. Yesterday began with some light rain right around dawn but was mainly dry after that. The overcast was punctured occasionally by some brief sunbreaks, the mercury peaked around 50F and winds were light out of the east. Ho hum. The sky vacillated between clouds and clearing overnight with lows in the low-40s, a stretch or two of drizzle and the persistent but light east wind kept a chill in the air. This morning it was overcast with a breath of east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 51F/43F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 48F/41F/0.01”
Forecast: The threat of rain is rapidly diminishing and there should even be some decent peeks at the Sun today, high about 50F and winds turning southeast 5-10 mph. Mostly cloudy tonight, a slight chance of rain, and lows of 40-45F. Tomorrow, the clouds are predicted to burn off with afternoon sunshine and temps again rising to about 50F. Outlook is for a bit of back and forth as rain becomes likely on Saturday, then mostly sunny Sunday, a chance of rain but partly sunny on Monday, mostly cloudy Tuesday, and a chance of rain again Wednesday; seasonal temperatures with highs of 50F and lows of 40-45F are projected.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement this morning, it’s foggy and air temperatures are just above freezing in the passes so icy spots are possible; a slight chance of rain today, warming to 40-45F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny skies, the thermometer rising to 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a slight chance of snow showers, light east winds, highs of 35-40F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow with spots of ice on the highways this morning and 25-30F, carry chains or traction tires; a chance of snow showers today, the snow level is 3,000 feet.
Marine: Seas are square 14 footers at 14 seconds this morning with winds SSE 15-20 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. Seas 14-15 feet at 15-16 seconds today and tonight, while the breeze is expected to hold at SE 10-15 knots gusting 20. Tomorrow, S winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 but swells subsiding to 8 feet by late afternoon. Outlook is for mainly southerlies 10-20 knots through Monday with swells 10-14 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Chance of rain, breezy, surf 14-16 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.
01/07 Thu 09:53 AM 9.01 H
01/07 Thu 04:49 PM 0.10 L
01/07 Thu 11:28 PM 7.18 H
01/08 Fri 04:29 AM 3.82 L
In Short: Diminishing rain, moderate winds, then unsettled.