Wednesday, Jan. 27th – Lincoln County
Summary: Like it came out of a replicator aboard the Enterprise, yesterday’s weather was nearly an exact duplicate of Monday’s – mostly cloudy, sure, but also some cheery sunshine during the afternoon, light winds and high temps in the low-60s. Clouds from the next approaching weather system arrived shortly after sunset and continued overnight, though at times thin enough for the Man in the Moon to beam down on us. The mercury slumped only slightly into the mid-50s. This morning, the breeze was from the south and skies were mainly overcast.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 2,900′, broken @ 3,700′, overcast at 4,200′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 3 mph/Pressure: 30.25”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/56F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 60F/54F/0.01”
A High Surf Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 6:00pm this evening to 6:00am Thursday. Seas will build to 19-22 feet tonight, then ease into the middle teens late Thursday night. 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. The high surf will also produce rip currents and cause localized beach erosion.
Forecast: Okay, we have a barnburner coming in tonight with strong winds and heavy rain. Precipitation from this storm is expected to develop this afternoon becoming heavier tonight, maybe an inch or so, and southerly winds rising to 25-30 gusting 40-50 mph. Continued warm with today’s high about 60F and tonight’s low near 50F. Tomorrow, rain early turning to showers, southwest winds gusting 25-30 mph, high temps stop at 50-55F. Outlook is for another wet system Friday, then cooler and showery through Tuesday as the thermometer peaks at 45-50F during the days and dips into the 30s at night.
Travel: Highway 101 Note… Today, ODOT will be paving three spots where the roadbed has been sinking, five miles north of Newport, near Beverly Beach (Mileposts 133-135). There will be alternating lane closures with flaggers 8:30am to 4:00pm. Delays up to 20 minutes can be expected.
In the Coast Range, there’s bare pavement and 45-50F in the passes this morning; patchy fog, a chance of rain today, breezy, temperatures near 55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, mostly cloudy, a chance of rain, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a slight chance of rain, light northeast wind, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice at Willamette and Santiam Passes this morning, wet pavement and rain at Government Camp, temps are 35-40F, carry chains or traction tires; cloudy today, the free air freezing level is well above the passes at 9,000 feet.
Marine: S winds are blowing 10-20 knots this morning with swells 11 feet at 14 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through tonight. S winds increasing to 25-30 knots gusting 35-45 today and combined seas building quickly to 15 feet at 15 seconds. Tonight, southerlies continue 25-35 knots gusting 40-45 with combined rough seas 20-22 feet at 15 seconds. Easing conditions are expected tomorrow as the wind fades to SW 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas subside to 17-19 feet at 14-15 seconds. Outlook is for SW winds 20-25 knots Friday and Friday night, swells 15-17 feet, then on Saturday W wind 10-15 knots gusting 20 with 19 foot swells, and a NW breeze 5-15 knots Sunday, swells down to 10-11 feet. No major storms on the horizon during the early part of next week. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain developing, breezy, surf 10-15 feet (moderate).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf later today through tomorrow, especially during the afternoon 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.
01/27 Wed 08:11 AM 2.74 L
01/27 Wed 02:07 PM 8.17 H
01/27 Wed 08:28 PM 0.52 L
01/28 Thu 03:07 AM 8.21 H
In Short: Rainy and windy, then showers and breezy.