Friday, Jan. 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: Altogether, pretty fair conditions yesterday with highs in the mid-50s, light winds and only a dollop of precipitation. As predicted, skies were mixed during most of the daylight hours with occasional cheery sunbreaks, but the overcast thickened as a weak front passed through just before dusk leaving behind a modicum of rain in the gauges; Yachats had the most with over a tenth of an inch recorded. Scattered clouds ruled the night with a couple of short episodes of drizzle and low temps varied considerably along the Central Coast from 37F to 46F. At daybreak it was cloudy and an east wind wafted along at 5-10 mph. We’re up to 9 hours of daylight today and gaining over a minute a day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/42F/0.07”
Depoe Bay: 52F/39F/0.01”
Forecast: Between the lengthening day and some sunshine on tap today and Sunday, you should be getting a healthy dose of vitamin D to help replenish what’s been lost over the last few weeks. Though it won’t be all sunshine today, and we can expect another round of rain tonight and tomorrow, Sunday is still projected to be mostly sunny. The mercury should be near normal right through the weekend with highs around 50F and lows near 45F. Outlook is for varying chances of rain Monday through Thursday with occasional blustery sou’westers and seasonal temperatures.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement this morning, it’s foggy and temperatures are 35-40F in the passes; a slight chance of rain today, warming to 40-45F. Valley destinations are expecting areas of dense fog early, then partly sunny, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light east winds, highs of 35-40F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow with spots of ice on the highways this morning and 20-25F, carry chains or traction tires; mostly sunny today today, the free air freezing level is 4,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is mainly wet roads tonight and tomorrow except for a chance of snow or freezing rain in the Gorge and the eastern side of Portland Metro on Saturday morning, drying Sunday; in the Cascades, snow is likely in the passes tomorrow and tomorrow evening, mostly sunny and icy on Sunday.
Marine: Winds are light easterly nearshore but blowing S 15-20 knots out at Stonewall Bank this morning with seas 11-12 feet at 15 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from late tonight through tomorrow afternoon within 10 miles of shore, but kicks in this afternoon farther out. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from this evening through late tomorrow night. SE winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 nearshore today, though offshore they’ll be rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 this afternoon, seas 8-9 feet at 14 seconds. Tonight, southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 with steep mixed swells/windwaves around 7 feet. Winds veering SW tomorrow, 15-25 knots gusting 30, rough seas 11 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for mainly southerlies 15-25 knots and swells building to 14-17 feet early next week. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, light breeze, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/08 Fri 10:36 AM 9.31 H
01/08 Fri 05:28 PM -0.41 L
01/09 Sat 12:09 AM 7.59 H
01/09 Sat 05:14 AM 3.64 L
In Short: Mixed sky, light winds, rain, brief clearing, then unsettled.