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Friday, Jan. 5th – Lincoln County

Summary: Cloudy morning, rainy afternoon yesterday; more rain overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/47F/16mph/0.86”
Depoe Bay: 54F/45F/27mph/0.61”
Newport: 52F/43F/22mph/0.64”
Waldport: 57F/49F/16mph/0.61”
Yachats: 54F/51F/26mph/0.62”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 2,300’, overcast @ 3,500’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 11 mph G18/Altimeter: 29.95”

Forecast: The rain tap will be vacillating between on and off over the next week. Showers/sunbreaks and windy today, gusts near 50 mph this afternoon, high in the mid-50s. Showers and breezy tonight, low 40-45F. Tomorrow, a chance of showers in the morning followed by clouds and partial clearing, decreasing winds and a high of 50F. Outlook is for rain likely Sunday, a chance of rain/showers Monday and Tuesday, then rain likely Wednesday and Thursday. Look for seasonal thermometer readings with highs in the low-50s and lows in the low-40s.

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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 40-45F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperatures 35-40F, east winds gusting 35-45 mph. For the Cascades, highways are wet, 40F, the snow level is well above the passes at 7,000 feet.

* Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet/dry pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range, Valley and Gorge through Sunday night; in the Cascades, the snow level drops to 4,500 feet tonight, then below the passes to 3,000 feet by tomorrow with a few inches of snow possible, carry chains or traction tires.

* 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 ESE 10 knots gusting 15 this morning with seas 7-8 feet at 12 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect from 10:00am this morning until 10:00pm tonight. Developing low pressure off the Oregon coast will push across Central Coast waters today, and inland just north of Astoria towards evening. There’s a break in the weather for later tonight and tomorrow as high pressure sits offshore. Another front will approach the region later Sunday. Seas will jump as winds increase today into the 13-16 foot range this afternoon/evening. Winds and seas ease later this evening. The next frontal storm system approaches the area on Sunday. This system appears to have the potential to produce high-end Small Craft Advisory to low-end Gale Force wind gusts sometime between late Sunday and Monday. This should result in seas climbing back above 10 feet early next week. Forecast models have been trending towards the idea there will be a break in the weather during the middle part of next week before another storm system potentially impacts the waters. * 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… Showers, breezy, 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.
* Tides
01/05 Fri 8:20 AM 2.91 L
01/05 Fri 2:11 PM 9.28 H
01/05 Fri 8:57 PM -0.91 L
01/06 Sat 3:45 AM 8.49 H

In Short: Wet and windy, then unsettled.

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