Friday, Feb. 5th – Lincoln County
Summary: Clouds and clearing, a smidge of rain, winds under 30 mph and highs in the mid-50s produced a ho-hum atmosphere yesterday. Skies cleared off completely after sunset, the breeze went calm and temps dipped into the upper-40s. Some haze developed along the beaches and headlands, at times reducing visibility to less than 3 miles. The wind switched to southerly early this morning and the next storm system could be easily detected on satellites with patches of rain appearing on the offshore radar. By the way, we’re up to 10 hours of daylight today and gaining over 2.5 minutes per day now.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 3 mph/Pressure: 30.10”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/50F/~0.01”
Depoe Bay: 54F/49F/0.01”
A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from noon today through 6:00pm this evening. Near beaches and headlands, south winds 30-40 mph with gusts around 60 mph. In coastal communities, south winds 25-35 mph with gusts 50-55 mph. The winds will gradually increase this afternoon then briefly peak during the late afternoon as the cold front crosses. These strong winds may cause some travel difficulties on roads such as Highway 101 along the coast, as well as for high profile vehicles such as trucks and vehicles pulling trailers. The winds may also cause tree damage and local power disruptions.
Forecast: The sloppy weather we’ve been experiencing since before Christmas is finally coming to an end, at least for a few days. Of course, that’s after a final blowout. Strong southerly winds and a half inch of rain are on tap today with a high about 55F. Tonight, the rain should be fading, along with the breeze, low of 45F. Tomorrow, a slight chance of showers but becoming partly sunny, high 50-55F. Outlook is for mostly clear Sunday through Wednesday, some patchy fog and east winds possible, highs of 60F or better, and then we’re back in the storm track beginning Thursday.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there is bare pavement on the highways and it’s 40F in the passes; rain developing and becoming very windy today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, breezy, the thermometer rising to 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light east winds, high of 50F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and spots of ice, temps are 25-30F, carry chains or traction tires; a chance of rain today, the snow level is above the passes at 6,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry roads but foggy at times through Sunday night at the lower elevations; in the Cascades, a chance of snow showers tomorrow, then clearing with the free air freezing level rising from 5,500 feet to 11,000 feet by Sunday night.
Marine: S winds are light nearshore this morning but blowing 20-25 knots out at Stonewall Bank with seas 11-12 feet at 14 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this evening for southerlies rising today to 25-35 knots gusting 35-45 knots (strongest out past 10 miles) and combined rough seas building to 18-20 feet at 15 seconds. Tonight, W winds easing to 10-20 knots gusting 25-30 knots, and down to 10-15 knots after midnight, with seas subsiding to 16-17 feet. S winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 are expected tomorrow, swells 12 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for E winds 5-10 knots Sunday through Tuesday, swells 9-11 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain developing, quite breezy, surf 10-15 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/05 Fri 09:24 AM 8.73 H
02/05 Fri 04:21 PM 0.21 L
02/05 Fri 11:01 PM 7.12 H
02/06 Sat 04:06 AM 3.67 L
In Short: Rainy and very windy, then clearing and warmer.