Thursday, Feb. 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: Another snotty day goes into the books. Yesterday’s rainfall totaled between about third and just under a half inch, and a rip-roaring blast of gusty southerly winds in the early afternoon spun the anemometers up to near 45 mph. The thermometer peaked in the low-50s, a tad warmer than recent days. There was a brief break in the rain from late afternoon through mid-evening before it returned lighter but steadier overnight. Low temps dipped into the mid-40s. Early this morning, skies were overcast with low-level haze, and the southwest breeze continued blowing at 15-25 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 800′, overcast @ 1,200′
Visibility: 3 miles/Wind: SSW 20 mph/Pressure: 30.17”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/48F/33mph/0.40”
Depoe Bay: 51F/44F/42mph/0.31”
A High Surf Advisory remains in effect until 4:00pm this afternoon for the Central Coast. Seas 20-23 feet early this morning with a dominant period around 19 seconds. Seas subsiding to around 18 feet this afternoon, then to 16 feet with a dominant period 16 seconds by late tonight. 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. All large waves are not alike. There is often an extra large breaker that can suddenly sweep a person overboard or off a large Rock with no warning. The safest place to be during high surf conditions is in port and well away from breaking waves.
Forecast: We’re still shootin’ for a spell of sunshine beginning this weekend, but in the meantime it’s the same old, same old. The rain should be diminishing today and the wind becomes lighter, high around 55F. A chance of rain tonight, low of 50F. Tomorrow, the last storm for a while is expected to bring up to a half inch of rain and strong southerlies 30-35 mph gusting 50, maybe 55-60 mph or higher on the beaches and headlands. Outlook is for a slight chance of showers Saturday, then possible foggy nights but sunny days Sunday through Wednesday. It’ll be warmer, too, as the mercury rises to 60F during the day and dips to about 50F at night.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there is wet pavement on the highways, patchy fog, light rain and it’s 45F in the passes; rain decreasing and windy today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting diminishing rain, the thermometer rising to the low-50s. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, west winds gusting 25 mph, highs of 40-45F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and it’s snowing hard this morning, temps are 25-30F, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 4:00pm this afternoon, with 3-6 inches of new snow accumulation expected on the highways today, the snow level is well below the passes at 3,000 feet.
Marine: Swells are big this morning, 17-20 feet at 19 seconds, with SSW winds 15-25 knots. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through late tonight when it’s replaced by a Gale Watch through tomorrow evening. S winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 today with swells 20 feet at 19 seconds subsiding to 18 feet this afternoon. Tonight, S winds 20-25 knots, swells about 15 feet at 16 seconds. A storm affects local waters tomorrow with S winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 and combined seas reaching 19 feet at 15 seconds. Outlook is for S winds on Saturday at 5-10 knots gusting 15, swells 13 feet, then E winds 5-10 knots Sunday with swells down to 7 feet, and for Monday, E winds 10-15 knots, seas 12 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Chance of rain, breezy, surf 20-23 feet (very high).
* 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 today, especially during this morning’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.
02/04 Thu 08:32 AM 8.35 H
02/04 Thu 03:36 PM 0.86 L
02/04 Thu 10:16 PM 6.59 H
02/05 Fri 03:13 AM 4.02 L
In Short: Chance of rain, then rainy and windy, followed by clearing and warmer.