Saturday, Feb. 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: As predicted, the long drawn-out wet and windy siege we’ve been under for almost two months went out with a bang yesterday. The storm front arrived about noon and the breeze started picking up. By 4:00pm, sou’westers were gusting 50 mph and the rain began. Total precipitation was around a quarter of an inch before the tap was turned off in the evening. The quick-moving weather system slid off to the east by midnight, the overcast broke apart and the wind was down to 5-10 mph. This morning, scattered clouds and a light east wind portended a dry day.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: ENE 6 mph/Pressure: 30.32”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/45F/41mph/0.28”
Depoe Bay: 54F/41F/45mph/0.22”
Forecast: Today marks the beginning of a dry spell which should last into midweek. Expect partly to mostly sunny skies with a high around 55F this afternoon and light east-southeast winds. Some fog develops tonight under a partly cloudy canopy and lows dip to 45F. Mostly sunny tomorrow and warmer as the mercury heads for 60F. Outlook is for sunny with unseasonable highs of 60-65F Monday and Tuesday, mostly sunny Wednesday, high 60F, low 50F, then a return to wet and possibly windy weather Thursday and Friday with temps dropping back to seasonal – highs of 50-55F, lows of 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there are possible icy patches on the highways and about 35F in the passes; patchy fog, partly sunny today, temperatures near 50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, partly sunny, the thermometer rising to 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of showers, light west winds, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow, slush and spots of ice, temps are 30-35F, carry chains or traction tires; a chance of snow showers and partly sunny today, the snow level is 3,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry roads but foggy at times through Sunday night at the lower elevations; gusty east winds developing in the Gorge; in the Cascades, the free air freezing level rising from 7,000 feet tonight to 11,000 feet by tomorrow night.
Marine: The storm has passed and winds are down to WNW 5-10 knots this morning but remnant seas remain, 12 feet at 13 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. SW winds 5-10 knots becoming SE 10-15 knots today, swells 12 feet at 12 seconds subsiding to 10 feet this afternoon. Tonight, SE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas falling to 8 feet after midnight. SE winds continue tomorrow at 5-10 knots gusting 15, swells 7 feet. Outlook is for E winds 5-10 knots Monday, then southerlies 15-20 knots Tuesday and Wednesday with swells 8-10 feet throughout the extended period. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds and sun, light breeze, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/06 Sat 10:13 AM 9.12 H
02/06 Sat 05:03 PM -0.37 L
02/06 Sat 11:42 PM 7.64 H
02/07 Sun 04:55 AM 3.20 L
In Short: Mixed sky, light wind, clearing, warmer, then back to wet.