Thursday, Jan. 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: We had sort of a break yesterday with only a quarter to a third of an inch of rain, northwest winds 25-30 mph and a high in the low-50s. It was highly unusual to have substantial rainfall with a northwest wind, as it’s normally from the southwest. In fact, several folks reported leaks in their roofs or water coming down vent pipes and chimneys because of the weird wind angle. That all ended, though, late in the afternoon when the breeze switched back to southerly and the precipitation faded. The rain returned around 10:00pm and it was showery overnight with temps in the low-40s. At daybreak, it was mainly overcast with a light east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/46F/16mph/0.35”
Depoe Bay: 52F/42F/27mph/0.16”
Forecast: Quoting the National Weather Service, “The extended forecast can be summarized in one word: wet. A progressive weather pattern will continue to march a parade of systems across the Pacific Northwest through much of next week.” And, the parade for pluviophiles begins today with the arrival of another weather system bearing gusty southerly winds and up to an inch of rain, high 50F. Tonight starts off with steady rain then turns to showers, low about 45F. There’s a 50-50 chance of showers lingering through the day tomorrow but also a few sunbreaks are possible, southerlies gusting to 30 mph and a high again near 50F. Outlook is for a stronger storm on Saturday into Sunday with rain and south wind 25-30 mph gusting 40, then rain remains likely through Tuesday, followed by a chance of a dry day next Wednesday. Expect seasonal temps throughout the period.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement this morning, overcast skies and temperatures right at 40F in the passes; rainy and windy today, warming to 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, the thermometer rising to 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, east winds gusting 30 mph, a high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered this morning with temps 20-25F, chains or traction tires are required over the passes; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 10:00am this morning through 4:00am tomorrow morning for 3-6 inches of snow today and another 6-10 inches tonight, the snow level is 2,500 feet rising to 3,500 feet.
Marine: SSE winds are steady at about 20 knots this morning with lumpy seas 10 feet at 11 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this evening. A Gale Watch has been posted for Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. S winds rising to 25-35 knots gusting 40-45 today and combined seas building to 14 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30-35 with steep seas 14 feet at 10-12 seconds. Outlook is for a stronger storm to affect local waters tomorrow night through Saturday night as southerlies howl at 35-40 knots gusting 45 and combined seas of 17 feet build to over 20 feet, SW winds 25-30 knots on Sunday with combined seas still 20 feet, and then S winds falling to 10-15 knots, swells subsiding to 16 feet on Monday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
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01/14 Thu 09:12 AM 2.59 L
01/14 Thu 03:09 PM 8.23 H
01/14 Thu 09:29 PM 0.25 L
01/15 Fri 04:15 AM 8.79 H
In Short: Mainly wet and windy through early next week.