Wednesday, Jan. 13th – Lincoln County
Summary: That was a real soaker. Steady rain since yesterday morning dumped about 2 inches of precipitation on the already saturated Central Coast. The breeze wasn’t anything to shake a stick at, either; a High Wind Warning was issued around noon and the southerly winds picked up, peaking at 40-50 mph between sunset and midnight. The rainy and windy conditions continued through the night, then the breeze veered to northwest about 6:00am and blew 25-30 mph. At daybreak, there was still a fairly stiff nor’wester but the rain finally stopped, if only briefly.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/49F/43mph/2.09”
Depoe Bay: 55F/46F/42mph/1.95”
Forecast: The constant rain may have ended, but we’re not out of the woods yet. Showers and possible thunderstorms are on tap today with west winds gusting 30 mph and a high of 50F. A chance of showers continues tonight, low around 45F. The next storm in the series barrels in tomorrow with up to another inch of rain, a southerly breeze 25-30 mph gusting 40, and the mercury expected to reach 50F. Outlook is for a brief respite with just a chance of showers and maybe even some sunbreaks on Friday, but then right back into the thick of it as rainy and windy conditions are projected throughout the holiday weekend and into at least Tuesday. Look for highs of 50F and lows of 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement this morning, rain and temperatures are 45-50F in the passes; showers and possible thunderstorms today with temps falling to 40-45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, the thermometer rising to 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light east winds, a high of 45F. For the Cascades, road conditions this morning vary from bare pavement to slush to spots of ice, temps are about 35F, carry chains or traction tires; rain and snow showers early today with the snow level at 5,500 feet, but lowering to 4,500 feet and 1-4 inches of snow accumulation possible in the passes this afternoon.
Marine: Unusual (for Winter) NW winds are blowing 20-30 knots this morning with rough seas, 15 feet at 14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 1:00pm this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow morning. A Gale Watch has been posted for tomorrow. NW winds 20-25 knots backing to W 10-15 knots this afternoon, seas 15-16 feet subsiding to 13 feet at 13 seconds, a chance of thunderstorms. Tonight, S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 with seas 10 feet at 12 seconds. The next storm arrives tomorrow packing southerlies 25-30 knots gusting 45 and combined steep seas building to 17 feet at just 12 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 on Friday, swells 16 feet, then S to SW winds 25-35 knots with seas 18-20 feet or higher Saturday and Sunday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notice to Mariners… The 2016 Light Lists are now available on the US Coast Guard Navigation Center’s website here.
On the Beach… Showers, possible thunderstorms, 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.
01/13 Wed 08:18 AM 2.76 L
01/13 Wed 02:16 PM 8.87 H
01/13 Wed 08:44 PM -0.41 L
01/14 Thu 03:30 AM 8.70 H
In Short: Mainly wet and windy through early next week.