Summary: Clouds and sun yesterday; mixed skies, gusty east winds overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/40F/15mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 54F/38F/21mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 20 mph G25/Altimeter: 30.24”
Forecast: Big stuff this week, i.e., the final round of this Winter’s King Tides and the first of January 2018’s two Supermoons. (A second Supermoon will occur on January 31st, making it also a Blue Moon, and there’ll be a Lunar Eclipse at the same time, a celestial event that has not happened for 150 years.) Mostly cloudy today through tomorrow, east winds gusting 15-30 mph, highs of 50F and a low of 40-45F. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of rain by Thursday, rain likely Friday and Saturday, then a chance of rain Sunday and Monday. Near normal temperatures are expected as highs hit the low-50s and lows dip to the low-40s.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temp 35F. Willamette Valley roads are dry but with spots of frost possible, thermometer readings 30-35F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 30-40F, east winds gusting 35-45 mph. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice, 25-30F, the free air freezing level is 10,000 feet. * Get up-to-the-minute Northwest highway weather at Real-Time Roads. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck for the latest traffic conditions including delays and hazards.
Marine: Winds are NE 15-25 knots this morning with seas 6-7 feet at 13 seconds. High pressure will remain anchored over the inland Pacific Northwest through the early part of the week; weak offshore flow continues over Central Coast waters through tomorrow. Then, a return to more active weather, as stronger fronts approach the region later Thursday and Friday with gale force winds possible. Seas will be around 5-7 feet today. Increasing westerly swell will build seas to around 10 feet tonight and tomorrow, then they’ll subside a bit later Wednesday and Thursday, but the stronger frontal system Thursday night and Friday should push seas back into the teens. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds and sun, breezy, surf 3-6 feet (low).
* The last round of King Tides for this Winter begins today. Be careful and remain observant on beaches, jetties and offshore rocks where surf will come up higher than normal around midday.
01/02 Tue 11:35 AM 10.73 H – King Tide
01/02 Tue 6:36 PM -2.08 L
01/03 Wed 01:20 AM 8.25 H
01/03 Wed 06:27 AM 3.04 L
In Short: Mostly cloudy, east windy, then increasing chances of rain.