Friday, Jan. 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: Moderate conditions yesterday with showers and winds below 30 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 50F/44F/0.46”
Depoe Bay: 48F/42F/0.44”
A Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast. Another strong front will push across the region late tonight. Gusty southerly winds of 20-30 mph will develop along the headlands and exposed beaches as well as the higher ridges of the Coast Range. Gusts of 35-50 mph are likely. Rain and gusty southerly winds will continue into Saturday morning with winds of 20-30 mph and gusts 40-50 mph on the headlands and exposed beaches as well as the higher ridges of the Coast Range. Winds ease later Saturday, but another front arrives on Sunday with another round of potentially stronger winds. Rainfall for tonight through Sunday may reach 2-5 inches with the heaviest over the coast mountains.
In addition, a long-period ocean swell will be arriving this weekend creating active and dangerous surf conditions with seas near 20 feet on Saturday and Saturday night, then 20-25 feet on Sunday. This will not be a time to be in the surf zone as these waves will be packing a punch.
A break in the wet and windy conditions is expected on Monday, but the active weather pattern continues next week.
Forecast: So, we get a short break early today before the next system makes landfall this afternoon bringing light rain, southerly winds gusting 25 mph and a high of 50F. Tonight and tomorrow, rainy and breezy with an inch of precipitation and south winds 20-25 mph gusting 40 or so, low temp overnight around 50F and Saturday’s high 50-55F. Outlook is for rain and wind on Sunday, partly sunny Monday, then back to rain/showers likely through Thursday. Seasonal thermometer readings with highs of 50F and lows around 45F are predicted.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s damp pavement this morning, overcast skies and temperatures 35-40F in the passes; a chance of showers today, warming to 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers turning to rain this afternoon, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light west winds, a high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered this morning with temps 25-30F, chains or traction tires are required over the passes; a chance of snow showers today, the snow level is 3,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet roads and windy at the lower elevations, with 1-3 inches of snow in the Cascades tonight, then the snow level hovers right around (or slightly above) the passes through Sunday night.
Marine: Winds are light SE nearshore but blowing S 25-30 knots offshore at Stonewall Bank with lumpy seas 12 feet at 13 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for winds and seas are in effect through this afternoon when they’re replaced by a Gale Warning through tomorrow afternoon. SW winds rising to 20-30 knots gusting 35 today and combined seas 14 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, southerlies 30-35 knots gusting 40-45 with rough combined seas 15 feet at 12 seconds. Sou’westers 25-30 knots gusting 35-40 are expected tomorrow, seas building to 19 feet at 18 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 25-30 knots gusting 40 on Sunday with swells 23 feet at 17 seconds, then southerlies 20-25 knots Monday, seas 18 feet, and for Tuesday, SW winds falling to 15-20 knots and seas subsiding to 14 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notice to Mariners… Oregon State University has recovered the subsurface AWAC buoy previously set at approximate position 44-34.15.9N, 124-14-00.4W, 7 nautical miles southwest of Yaquina Bay. The TRIAXYS Research Lighted Buoy and Southwest Corner Lighted Buoy C have been recovered. The following buoys remain on station: North Corner Lighted Buoy A, Fl Y 2s at 44-34-17.950N, 124-14-00.490W, Southeast Corner Lighted Buoy B, Fl Y 2s at 44-34-08.540N, 124-13-54.330W. Mariners are advised to not transit between buoys A and B. This equipment is scheduled to be removed when a recovery platform becomes available and weather conditions permit.
On the Beach… Showers early, rain later, breezy, 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.
01/15 Fri 10:13 AM 2.41 L
01/15 Fri 04:10 PM 7.49 H
01/15 Fri 10:17 PM 1.05 L
01/16 Sat 05:04 AM 8.86 H
In Short: Chance of showers, then wet and windy through most of next week.