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Weather or Not: Rain is the Rule

Saturday, Jan. 6th – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers, windy yesterday; evening rain; cloudy, drying overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 55F/44F/34mph/0.66”/1.52”
Depoe Bay: 55F/41F/45mph/0.59”/1.17”
Newport: 54F/37F/46mph/0.66”/1.30”
Waldport: 56F/42F/39mph/0.33”/0.94”
Yachats: 54F/42F/45mph/0.35”/0.97”
* Since last dry day, January 3rd

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 4,100’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: ESE 3 mph/Altimeter: 30.32”

Forecast: This could be the last mostly dry day for about a week as rainy weather becomes the rule rather than the exception. There’s a slight chance of showers this morning but otherwise partly to mostly sunny skies, light winds and a high of 50F. Increasing clouds tonight, low of 40-45F. Tomorrow, rain is likely, a quarter inch or so, a southerly breeze gusting 30-35 mph and the mercury stalling at about 50F. Outlook is for rain Monday, a good chance of rain/showers Tuesday and Wednesday, then rain likely Thursday and Friday. Temperatures should stay around average with highs of 50F and lows of 40-45F.

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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are damp, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are mixed wet/dry, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 35-40F, light winds. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and spots of ice, 30-35F, the snow level is below the passes at 3,500 feet, snow accumulations around an inch possible today.

* Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet/dry pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range, Valley and Gorge through tomorrow night; in the Cascades, the snow level drops to 3,000 feet tonight, then rises to 4,500 feet tomorrow with a few inches of snow possible near the passes through Sunday evening, 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 variable 5-10 knots this morning with choppy square seas 8 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until 10:00am today. High pressure over our area will shift inland today and tonight. A front from the Gulf of Alaska will drop southeast and across Central Coast waters later tomorrow and tomorrow night. Look for a break in the strongest weather later Monday through Thursday, then another significant front will push into the region. Seas will build again, peaking at 13-16 feet later tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow night. * 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… Slight chance of rain, some sunshine, surf 5-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
01/06 Sat 9:22 AM 2.85 L
01/06 Sat 3:08 PM 8.36 H
01/06 Sat 9:45 PM -0.10 L
01/07 Sun 4:35 AM 8.50 H

In Short: Mixed skies, mainly dry, then wet and sometimes windy.

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