Summary: Clouds, clearing yesterday and overnight; light rain early this morning.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 52F/43F/9mph/0.01/1.53”
Depoe Bay: 51F/40F/16mph/0.02”/1.19”
* Since last dry day, January 3rd
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 7,000’, broken @ 8,000’, overcast @ 11,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: ESE 7 mph/Altimeter: 30.13”
Forecast: It looks like there’ll be just enough precipitation this week to be a nuisance, with one possible exception. Some light rain is likely today, south winds gusting 30 mph and the thermometer rising to 50F. Tonight and tomorrow, a 50-50 chance of rain, moderate southerly breezes, low 40-45F, high 50F. Outlook is for a little light rain Tuesday, rain likely Wednesday, heavy rain and windy conditions probable on Thursday, showers Friday, then drying for the weekend. Near average temperatures for this time of year are projected to continue with highs of 50F and lows of 40-45F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are mixed wet/dry, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are mainly dry, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has mostly dry pavement, temperatures 35-40F, light southeast winds. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice, 25-30F, 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 tonight; in the Cascades, the snow level rises to 4,500 feet with a slight chance of snow possible near the passes through this evening, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Winds are E 5-10 knots nearshore this morning but blowing SSE 15-20 knots out at the Rockpile with seas 5-6 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through tomorrow morning. A front, located well northwest of the region this morning, will slowly sag southward into Central Coast waters today and tonight producing S wind gusts 25-30 knots and seas 8-10 feet. Then, forecast guidance continues to suggest quieter weather conditions for much of this week, albeit another strong front will arrive around Thursday as a deep low tracks toward Vancouver Island. It appears southerly gales are becoming increasing likely for Thursday, with seas building up to 15-20 feet Thursday night and Friday. * 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… Light rain, breezy, 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.
01/07 Sun 10:30 AM 2.73 L
01/07 Sun 4:11 PM 7.40 H
01/07 Sun 10:34 PM 0.79 L
01/08 Mon 5:26 AM 8.51 H
In Short: Mainly wet and occasionally windy, clearing next weekend.