Summary: Mostly cloudy with gusty east winds yesterday, continuing overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 50F/45F/17mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 51F/40F/20mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 10 mph G17/Altimeter: 30.07”
Forecast: Looks like one more dry day before we head back into a progressive pattern of precipitation. Partly sunny today, east winds gusting 15-25 mph, high around 50F. Tonight, a 50-50 chance of rain, low 45F. Rain is likely tomorrow, the mercury halts at 50F or so. Outlook is for rain Friday through Sunday, then a chance of rain Monday and Tuesday. The thermometer is expected to be about normal for early January with highs in the low-50s and lows in the mid-40s.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 35-40F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 30-40F, a High Wind Warning is in effect until 10:00pm this evening for gusts up to 75 mph, travel may be difficult on I-84 in Oregon and Highway 14 in Washington. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice, 20-30F, the free air freezing level is at 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 10-20 knots gusting 25 this morning with seas 7-8 feet at 14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening beyond 10 miles from shore. High pressure will remain anchored over the inland Pacific Northwest through the week. Weak offshore flow continues over Central Coast waters through tonight, then a return to more active weather, as stronger fronts approach the region later tomorrow and Friday. An additional frontal system is expected later in the weekend. Seas are around 6-8 feet this morning. An arriving westerly swell train will lead to gradually increasing seas today, expected to build to 9-11 feet through this evening, dropping later tonight and tomorrow. The low pressure system Friday will likely push seas back above 10 feet again. * 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 5-7 feet (moderate).
* The last round of King Tides for this Winter is underway through tomorrow. Be careful and remain observant on beaches, jetties and offshore rocks where surf will come up higher than normal around midday.
01/03 Wed 6:27 AM 3.04 L
01/03 Wed 12:26 PM 10.52 H – King Tide
01/03 Wed 7:23 PM -1.96 L
01/04 Thu 2:08 AM 8.40 H
In Short: Partly sunny, gusty east winds, then wet and breezy.