Wednesday, Feb. 3rd – Lincoln County
Summary: Scattered clouds and sunshine combined to give us a decent morning yesterday, but by noonish, the overcast thickened and winds picked up out of the south. Intermittent rain showers punctuated the remainder of the daylight and evening hours though precipitation amounts were not that high; Waldport had the most at around a third of an inch. The mercury rose to 50F or slightly above and wind gusts never got above 20 mph. Except for some occasional drizzle, overnight was mainly dry and cloudy; low temps were warmer than the past few nights, holding near 40F. At daybreak, it was overcast with a light southeast wind.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 1,100′ & 3,100′, broken @ 3,800′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 10 mph/Pressure: 29.95”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/43F/0.15”
Depoe Bay: 50F/40F/0.13”
A High Surf Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 10:00pm tonight through 4:00pm tomorrow. Seas increasing through the day today, building to 18-19 feet with dominant period 19 seconds tonight through tomorrow. Large waves will wash over jetties and sweep higher up the 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. A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
Forecast: We still have to finish the week wet, but then it all changes for a spell of sunshine and warmer temps. Rainy and windy today, high about 50F, showers and possible thunderstorms tonight, low 45F, showers likely tomorrow and a smidge warmer as highs reach the low-50s. Outlook is for another wet and windy weather system to come in on Friday, showers Saturday, and then get out your shades because it looks like mostly clear skies Sunday through Tuesday, maybe into Wednesday, before the storm track meanders back over the Central Coast.
Travel: Highway 101 Note… Travelers in the area of US 101 at the Lincoln/Tillamook county line (Mileposts 99 to 104), should expect delays of up to 20 minutes while ODOT crews fell and remove trees. Tree falling should be completed by February 29th and all work along that stretch is to be completed by March 31st.
In the Coast Range this morning, a crash has Highway 20 closed between Eddyville and Blodgett, and a detour has been established using OR180; expect delays all morning. Otherwise, there is damp pavement on the Coast Range highways this morning and it’s 35-40F in the passes; rainy and windy today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, breezy, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light east wind, highs of 40-45F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and spots of ice this morning, temps are around 25F, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from noon today through 7:00am tomorrow, with 1-4 inches of snow accumulation on the highways today and another 3-6 inches tonight, the snow level is well below the passes at 3,000 feet.
Marine: It’s howling out of the S 20-30 knots gusting 35 this morning with rough seas 9-10 feet at 10 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this afternoon for southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 35, combined seas building to 10-14 feet. Tonight, SW winds 15-25 knots gusting 30, seas 15-17 feet at 19 seconds. The sou’westers continue tomorrow at 10-20 knots gusting 25 with swells 18-19 feet at 18 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and seas around 13 feet on Friday, SE winds 5-15 knots, swells 12 feet Saturday, and then an easterly breeze of 5-15 knots Sunday with swells subsiding to 8-9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
Notice to Mariners… Depoe Bay Entrance Lighted Bell Buoy 2 has been relocated from 44-48-27.503N, 124-04-25.567W, to 44-48-28.618N, 124-04-27.544W.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/03 Wed 07:35 AM 8.05 H
02/03 Wed 02:46 PM 1.50 L
02/03 Wed 09:22 PM 6.08 H
02/04 Thu 02:12 AM 4.19 L
In Short: Rainy and windy, then showers followed by clearing and warmer.