Summary: Windy, rain and showers yesterday; breezy, showers overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 55F/51F/42mph/0.62”/3.82”
Depoe Bay: 54F/49F/45mph/0.70”/3.31”
* Since last dry day, January 3rd
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 700’, overcast @ 1,600’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: WSW 11 mph/Altimeter: 30.36”
Forecast: Conditions will slowly improve over the next 24 hours before we’re treated to some very nice weather for the weekend. A few showers linger in the area today, moderate southerly winds, high in the low-50s. Mostly cloudy tonight, low 45F. Tomorrow, mostly sunny, a light easterly breeze, high 55-60F. Outlook is for mostly sunny and warm Sunday, then back into the flow as it becomes wet and sometimes windy Monday through Thursday. After the weekend, the mercury falls back to seasonal levels – highs about 50F, lows near 45F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are mainly wet, temps around 45F. Willamette Valley roads are mixed wet/dry, thermometer readings 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 50-55F, light south winds. For the Cascades, highways are mainly wet, some spots of ice, 32-35F, the snow level is near the passes at 4,500 feet with 1-2 inches of snow possible today, carry chains or traction tires.
* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers at all elevations is for mainly dry highways tonight through Sunday night, then wet pavement Monday and Monday night.
Marine: Winds are SSW 10-15 knots this morning with steep seas 13-14 feet at 13 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. Expect seas generally below 15 feet by late morning with a slow decline through tonight. The next front arrives late Sunday and Monday for another round of advisory strength winds and building seas, which is the start of a fairly active pattern with the potential for several rounds of high-end advisory to gale force winds and seas building to around 20 feet. * 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 8-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
01/12 Fri 8:40 AM 8.72 H
01/12 Fri 3:50 PM 0.65 L
01/12 Fri 10:28 PM 6.41 H
01/13 Sat 3:12 AM 3.78 L
In Short: Chance of showers, clearing and warmer, then wet and windy.