Tuesday, Jan. 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: A classic January weather system bowled through yesterday bringing southerly winds around 30 mph and rainfall between a quarter and a half inch. The thermometer rose into the mid-50s. It wasn’t an exceedingly strong storm but the wind and precipitation were fairly continuous during most of the daylight hours. After sunset, the breeze eased and the rain stopped as a hole between systems passed over the Central Coast. The next storm, however, was hot on the heels of the last one and by 5:00am this morning, it was raining again and the wind began picking up. At daybreak, there was light rain and a southeast breeze 5-10 mph gusting into the teens.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/49F/25mph/0.16”
Depoe Bay: 54F/44F/31mph/0.22”
Forecast: The storms are queued up offshore and just waiting their turn to come in. Rain today, possibly heavy at times, with an inch or so expected in the gauges, southeast winds gusting 25-35, and a high temp in the low-50s. Tonight, heavy rain continues along with a decent blast of southerly wind 25-35 mph gusting 50 and a low of 45F. Tomorrow, showers and possible thunderstorms, light northwest winds and cooler as the mercury halts in the 40s. Outlook is for the next storm to arrive Thursday with rain and wind, a chance of showers during a break on Friday, another weather system affects the Central Coast Saturday, and yet another comes out of the queue Sunday night lasting into the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday. High temperatures around 50F and lows of 40-45F all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement this morning, rain, and temperatures are 40F in the passes; rainy and windy today, warming to 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, heavy at times, east winds gusting to 25 mph, a high of 40F. For the Cascades, road conditions include packed snow and spots of ice with temps about 30F, carry chains or traction tires; rain and snow showers today, 3-5 inches of snow accumulation possible, the snow level is near the passes at 5,500 feet.
Marine: Southerly winds are blowing 20-25 knots this morning with seas 11-12 feet at 15 seconds. A Storm Warning is in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon through this evening. S winds rising to 30-40 knots gusting 40-50 this afternoon and rough combined seas 13-16 feet at 13-15 seconds. Tonight, SW winds 25-35 knots gusting 45 early, easing after midnight, combined very rough seas 14-16 feet at 13 seconds. A break in the breeze is expected tomorrow as it eases to NNW 10 knots gusting 15 and seas subside to 11 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for a return to southerly winds Thursday through Saturday, 15-20 knots gusting 30 at times, swells 11 feet Thursday and Friday but building to 20 feet or higher over the weekend. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/12 Tue 07:29 AM 2.95 L
01/12 Tue 01:28 PM 9.34 H
01/12 Tue 08:03 PM -0.86 L
01/13 Wed 02:47 AM 8.59 H
In Short: Rainy and windy all week.