Sunday, Jan. 31st – Lincoln County
Summary: We haven’t had the mercury down in the 30s for quite a while, but that’s where it settled early this morning. The cool air that’s been producing hail over the past couple of days has dropped nearer the surface. So, not only do we have a few icy spots at the lower elevations, there’s a chance of snow in the Coast Range passes today (see Travel below). Yesterday’s high temperatures barely made 50F and some of the showers were real soakers, though they didn’t last very long. Not much change overnight as an occasional shower passed through while skies were broken. At dawn, it was chilly and more showers dotted the radar.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 900′, 1,400′ and 2,200′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 6 mph/Pressure: 29.86”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 50F/39F/0.27”
Depoe Bay: 48F/35F/0.22”
Forecast: Definitely a little cooler today, as we begin with temps in the mid-30s this morning, warming to about 45F this afternoon. Showers are expected and the threat of thunderstorms lingers with hail possible and the breeze switches to northwest. Temps should be a bit warmer tonight, nearer 40F than 30F, along with some additional showers. Tomorrow, highs around 45F again and a 50-50 chance of showers. Outlook is continued showery Tuesday and Wednesday, rain likely Thursday, some clearing Friday and a chance of rain Saturday. Temperatures are predicted to be seasonal with highs of 50-55F and lows of 40-45F.
Travel: A Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service for some snow likely to fall in the Central Oregon Coast Range beginning later this morning and continuing into early evening. Snow levels may get below 1,500 feet, and if so, would impact some Coast Range passes. Amounts could reach 1 to 3 or 4 inches. In the Coast Range this morning, there are spots of ice and 25-30F in the passes; possible snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms today, temperatures 35-45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, a chance of thunderstorms, the thermometer rising to about 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of showers, light southwest winds, high of 40F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow this morning, temps are 20-25F, chains or traction tires are required; a 50-50 chance of snow showers today, the snow level is well below the passes. Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet/dry pavement at the lower elevations but snow showers on the Cascade and Coast Range highways tonight.
Marine: NNW winds are 10-15 knots this morning with seas 11 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 10:00am this morning through this evening. NW winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and seas 9-10 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, the NW wind eases to 15-20 knots after midnight with seas 9 feet at 13 seconds. The breeze backs to W 5-10 knots gusting 15 tomorrow, swells subsiding to 8 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 15-25 knots gusting 30 Tuesday through Thursday and swells building from 7 feet to 13-15 feet later in the week. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, possible thunderstorms, 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.
01/31 Sun 11:32 AM 2.70 L
01/31 Sun 05:29 PM 5.85 H
01/31 Sun 11:01 PM 3.20 L
02/01 Mon 05:45 AM 7.84 H
In Short: Showers, moderate winds, chance of thunderstorms, then wet and breezy.