Saturday, Jan. 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: On the heels of a mixed sky and some decent sunny periods yesterday, the predicted rain arrived on schedule last evening about 10:00pm. Waldport was the outlier, receiving 0.12” of precipitation while all of our other coastal communities picked up 0.11”. The thermometer traveled into the mid-50s and southeast winds peaked in the low-20s. The steady rain was all over but the shoutin’ by 2:00am this morning and temps dipped to the 40s. This was an odd weather system in that the wind picked up after the rain stopped; typically it gets breeziest just ahead of the precipitation. At daybreak, it was cloudy with some drizzle and the east wind had faded to 5-10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/42F/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 53F/42F/0.11”
Forecast: The chance of rain diminishes steadily today, becoming dry and partly cloudy overnight, then full-on sunshine is expected tomorrow. A little cooler today as highs struggle to make 50F and southeast winds blow 10-20 mph gusting 25. Low temp tonight around 40F, tomorrow’s high in the sunshine about 50F. Outlook is for the clearing to be short-lived, ending tomorrow night with rain likely again into Monday, a chance of rain Tuesday, rain on Wednesday, then mixed showers and clearing periods Thursday and Friday. Near normal temperatures are projected as highs reach 50F and lows drop to 40F.
Water Supply Outlook… Unlike last Winter when Oregon was left high and dry for snowpack and Summer water supplies, this year we’re already at 123% of normal precipitation. Read the latest report from the Oregon Natural Resources Conservation Service here.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement this morning, it’s raining and temperatures are 35-40F in the passes; rain diminishing today, warming to 45F. Valley destinations are expecting rain early, then a chance of rain, the thermometer rising to 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a rain/snow mix becoming all rain by this afternoon, east winds gusting 25 mph, highs of 35-40F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow and/or spots of ice on the highways this morning with temps 25-30F, generally carry chains or traction tires, though chains are required over Willamette Pass; snow today, an inch of accumulation possible, the snow level is 3,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is mainly wet roads through tonight, then dry tomorrow and tomorrow night; in the Cascades, snow is likely in the passes through this evening, then mostly clear Sunday and Sunday night.
Marine: SE winds are 5-10 knots nearshore this morning but blowing 25-30 knots out past 10 miles, seas are rough 10 footers at 9 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow morning. S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 today with steep seas 10 feet at 9 seconds. The breeze backs to SE tonight and falls to 10-15 knots gusting 20, swells building to 13 feet at 15 seconds. Tomorrow, SE winds easing to 5-10 knots gusting 20 and seas subsiding to 10 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for E to SE winds 10-20 knots and seas 12-14 feet through Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/09 Sat 11:18 AM 9.53 H
01/09 Sat 06:06 PM -0.81 L
01/10 Sun 12:49 AM 7.94 H
01/10 Sun 05:59 AM 3.42 L
In Short: Rain/showers, moderate winds, clearing, then continued unsettled.