Summary: Mostly cloudy yesterday; rain developing overnight, windy this morning.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 54F/43F/36mph/0.57”/3.20”
Depoe Bay: 52F/41F/36mph/0.67”/2.61”
* Since last dry day, January 3rd
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 500’
Visibility: 2 miles/Wind: S 29 mph G41/Altimeter: 29.90”
A High Wind Warning is in effect until 5:00pm this evening. South winds 30-40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph mainly near beaches and headlands, though gusts of 45-55 mph are possible in the coastal communities. The strongest winds will occur today between mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Strong winds may blow down trees, branches, and power lines. Isolated power outages are possible. A High Wind Warning means hazardous weather conditions of strong and damaging winds are imminent or highly likely in the warning area.
Forecast: Things should quiet down for a bit after today’s storm, but more wet and windy weather is on the way next week. Rain this morning turning to showers by lunchtime, south winds 30-40 mph gusting as high as 55, and temps in the low-50s. Showers likely and breezy tonight, low 45F. There’s a chance of showers tomorrow morning followed by mostly cloudy skies, light winds and a high of 50F or so. Outlook is for sunshine Saturday and Sunday, then back to a progressive moist flow off the ocean with rain likely Monday through Wednesday at least. Thermometer readings get close to 60F over the weekend, returning to seasonal during the workweek as highs top out around 50F and lows dip to 40-45F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 45-50F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 50F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperatures 40-50F, light northeast winds. For the Cascades, highways are mainly wet but with some slush in spots, 33-40F, the snow level is above the passes at 6,500 feet, dropping to 4,500 feet tonight with a Winter Weather Advisory for 4-8 inches of snow possible in the passes, 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 S 30 knots gusting 35 this morning with seas 11-12 feet at 19 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect until 6:00pm this evening. Today’s storm system will bring gales and elevated seas to Central Coast waters. Quieter weather sets up for the weekend with offshore winds developing by Saturday, but a more active pattern resumes early next week. A combination of an increasing westerly swell and the higher winds will quickly build seas today, likely topping out between 18-21 feet from mid-afternoon until evening. The higher seas should slowly subside late tonight and tomorrow, likely going below 10 feet tomorrow night. A warm front brushing across the northern waters late tomorrow brings a chance for winds gusting into the 20-25 knot range late tomorrow night, but otherwise expect winds under 20 knots through Saturday. Another frontal system arrives late Sunday and Monday bringing the next likelihood of small craft winds, if not low-end gales. * 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… Rain, very windy, surf 10-20 feet (w/sneaker waves).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf today. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
01/11 Thu 7:55 AM 8.64 H
01/11 Thu 3:01 PM 1.11 L
01/11 Thu 9:29 PM 6.11 H
01/12 Fri 2:18 AM 3.54 L
In Short: Wet and windy, weekend clearing, then rain next week.