Friday, Jan. 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: On the heels of another split day with rain in the morning followed by sunshine and temps in the mid-50s during the afternoon, we returned to ‘normal’ overnight. It has been raining since about 1:00am. The moisture is really adding up. There was just enough rainfall since yesterday morning to push us over the top for the January average. Precipitation totals at the Hatfield Marine Science Center weather station show that 10.70” has been recorded so far this month; the January normal is 10.24”. This morning, southerly winds are gusting into the 40s but the rain appears to be tapering off.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 800′, broken @ 1,700′, broken at 2,100′
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: SW 17 G 33 mph/Pressure: 29.64”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/49F/22mph/0.57”
Depoe Bay: 54F/47F/48mph/0.50”
Forecast: We’ll be in a cooler, unstable regime through the week ahead. That will translate into more showery weather as opposed to steady rain, but the threat of thunderstorms also increases. Today, tonight and tomorrow expect showers and possible thunderstorms, high temps around 50F, lows of 45F and breezy. Outlook is for similar conditions Sunday through Wednesday, sunbreaks may appear at times between the showers and the mercury will be close to seasonal as highs reach 45-50F and lows dip into the upper-30s to low-40s.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement, rain and 45F in the passes this morning; rain turning to showers and possible thunderstorms today, breezy, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain/showers, a chance of thunderstorms, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, southwest winds gusting 30 mph, high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow this morning with flurries, temps are near 30F, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through tomorrow morning for snow accumulations in the passes of 4-8 inches today, 3-5 inches tonight and 2-4 inches tomorrow; the snow level will remain 3,500 feet or below for the next several days. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly wet pavement at the lower elevations but snow on the Cascade highways through Sunday night.
Marine: It’s kicking up again out there this morning as S winds blow 25-30 knots and seas are 14-15 feet at 17 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 early today, veering to W this afternoon, seas 15-16 feet at 17 seconds, a chance of thunderstorms. Tonight and tomorrow, W winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with steep swells 14-15 feet at 15 seconds, and thunderstorms remain possible. Outlook is for westerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 at times, swells 12 feet subsiding to 8-9 feet by Tuesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, possible thunderstorms, surf 12-16 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.
01/29 Fri 09:41 AM 2.77 L
01/29 Fri 03:33 PM 6.94 H
01/29 Fri 09:37 PM 1.84 L
01/30 Sat 04:19 AM 7.98 H
In Short: Rainy/windy, chance of thunderstorms, then showers and breezy.