Sunday, Jan. 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: The never-ending cycle was in full swing yesterday. We went from steady rain in the morning, to showers lasting until early afternoon, some clearing through most of the night before the next storm system punched its way in around 3:00am. High temps topped out in the upper-50s. Winds were mainly southwest 15-25 mph, but one of the larger showers, which passed through the Central Coast about 10:00am, brought a quick blast of gusts into the 40s. Precipitation, all told, has been a little over half an inch since yesterday morning. At daybreak, southerly winds were back up into the 25-35 mph range and the rain was fairly steady.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/49F/41mph/0.54”
Depoe Bay: 55F/48F/43mph/0.61”
The High Surf Advisory issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast remains in effect until midnight tonight. Seas will rise to about 20 feet this morning and peak near 22 feet this afternoon. Seas fall below 20 feet late tonight. Large waves will have the ability to wash over jetties and wash higher up on beaches than normal. They may also dislodge and move large logs and other debris on beaches that can easily catch people off guard and cause serious injury. Due to the long period between these seas, dangerous sneaker waves, larger than those that precede or follow them, will intermittently arrive without any warning. You should stay well back from the surf today.
Forecast: This week’s weather will be a continuation of the beauty salon treatment we’ve had for the past month — wash, rinse, dry and repeat. Rain turns to showers today, a chance of thunderstorms, high about 55F and southerly winds 15-25 mph gusting 40. Showers and lighter winds tonight, low of 45F. Tomorrow should begin dry but rain is expected to develop by noon, high 50F and southerly winds gusting 30 mph or so. Outlook is for rain/showers and breezy throughout the long-term 10-day forecast period. Temps normal with highs of 50-55F and lows of 45-50F.
Travel: Highway 20 Note… Beginning Monday, January 18th, travelers in the area of US Highway 20 at Milepost 16 near Eddyville should expect safety delays of up to 20 minutes while trees are felled and removed. All work that will impact traffic will be done during daylight hours on Monday through Thursday between 9:00am and 4:00pm, and on Fridays 9:00am until noon. The work is expected to be completed by the end of February.
In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement this morning, rain and 45F in the passes; rain, showers and a chance of thunderstorms today, temperatures steady at 45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, the thermometer hovering around 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rainy and breezy, east winds gusting 35-40 mph, a high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways are mostly just wet this morning with temps 30-35F, carry chains or traction tires; rain this morning with the snow level at 7,000 feet, then snow possible this afternoon as the snow level drops to 5,000 feet near the passes. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is rain at the lower elevations, occasional snow in the Cascade passes tonight through tomorrow night.
Marine: Winds are SE 10-15 knots nearshore this morning but blowing SW 25-30 knots offshore with seas 13 feet at 17 seconds. A Gale Warning remains in effect until 9:00am. S winds easing to 10-15 knots gusting 20 later today with combined seas 17-19 feet at 17 seconds, a chance of thunderstorms. Tonight, southerly winds 10-20 knots gusting 25 and combined seas 21 feet at 17 seconds. The breeze rises tomorrow to S 20-30 knots gusting 35-40 with seas 16-17 feet at 14-15 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 15-25 knots and seas 12-14 feet Tuesday through Thursday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, chance of thunderstorms, breezy, surf 20-22 feet (very high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches this weekend. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
01/17 Sun 12:34 PM 1.74 L
01/17 Sun 06:42 PM 6.39 H
01/18 Mon 12:11 AM 2.67 L
01/18 Mon 06:54 AM 9.05 H
In Short: Rain, possible thunderstorms, windy, then continued unsettled.