Saturday, Jan. 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: No real pattern was apparent in yesterday’s weather. There were some nice sunbreaks, but also periods of overcast, showers, heavy rain, hail a couple of times in the stronger, darker showers, and southwest winds varying from 5 to 35 mph. You needed a full wardrobe for venturing outdoors. The thermometer reached the low-50s. The heaviest of the showers rolled through our southern section last evening producing enough hail to cover the highway; one crash near Waldport was attributed to the hail making the pavement slick. We began seeing a little change this morning as the wind veered to northwest, but there were still quite a few showers showing on radar.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 900′, 2,500′ and 3,300′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: WNW 12 G 22 mph/Pressure: 29.88”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/46F/34mph/0.19”
Depoe Bay: 52F/41F/38mph/0.32”
Forecast: Unstable atmospheric conditions will be keeping us in a showery situation for the foreseeable future. Today, tonight and tomorrow there’s a chance for additional thunderstorms along with showers possibly producing small hail. Highs 45-50F, lows near 40F or slightly below. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of showers until Wednesday or Thursday when the next organized storm system approaches the Central Coast; details are sketchy at this point. Temperatures are expected to be seasonal with highs of 50F and lows of 40-45F all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s damp pavement, showers, patchy fog and 35F in the passes this morning; showers and possible thunderstorms today, temperatures 40-45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, a chance of thunderstorms, the thermometer rising to about 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light southwest winds, high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow this morning with snow showers, temps are 25-30F, chains or traction tires are required; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until noon today for snow accumulations in the passes of 2-5 inches, the snow level is down around 2,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet/dry pavement at the lower elevations but snow showers on the Cascade highways through Sunday night.
Marine: Winds are W 10-15 knots this morning with square seas 13 feet at 13 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow morning. W winds continue today at 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas stay up around 13-14 feet at 13-14 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, the breeze veers to NW 5-15 knots, occasionally gusting 20, seas subside to 11 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for NW winds on Monday, 15-20 knots, swells 10 feet, then we’re back to southerlies 10-15 knots, swells 8 feet Tuesday, and the next storm system brings S winds 20-30 knots and combined seas to 13 feet on Wednesday and Thursday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, possible thunderstorms, surf 10-12 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, especially during this afternoon’s high tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
01/30 Sat 10:34 AM 2.78 L
01/30 Sat 04:25 PM 6.34 H
01/30 Sat 10:16 PM 2.54 L
01/31 Sun 04:59 AM 7.89 H
In Short: Showers, light winds, chance of thunderstorms, then wet and breezy.