Summary: Fair skies and east winds yesterday; increasing clouds overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 63F/50F/16mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 65F/47F/23mph/0.00”
Regional Record Highs Yesterday…
Astoria 61F, previous 59F in 1981
Hillsboro 59F, previous 58F in 2011
Salem 60F, previous 59F in 2011
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 18 mph G24/Altimeter: 30.06”
Forecast: It was plenty warm along the Central Coast yesterday, albeit none of our communities set new temperature records. And, as if the bell rang to end recess, today’s going to be cooler, high 55F, and the chance of rain will be steadily increasing. Rain tonight, southerly winds gusting 30 mph, low of 45F. Tomorrow, showers, breezy, high in the low-50s. Outlook is for rainy and windy Wednesday, showers Thursday and Friday, rain again Saturday and Sunday. The thermometer drops to seasonal levels with highs in the upper-40s and lows in the low-40s.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, there’s a Dense Fog Advisory in effect from Albany south to Eugene, thermometer readings 35-40F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 40-45F, east winds gusting 35-45 mph. For the Cascades, highways are mostly dry but with some spots of ice, 35-40F, the free air freezing level is at 10,000 feet.
* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers at all elevations is for wet highways by tonight, the Cascades snow level remaining above the passes.
Marine: Winds are E 10-20 knots gusting 25 this morning with seas 12-13 feet at 17 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds and seas is in effect through late tonight nearshore. A Gale Warning is in effect beyond 10 miles from shore through this evening. Seas are increasing in response to the dynamic fetch from the upper-low spinning up well offshore. They are currently 10-12 feet across all local waters. Expect a further increase toward the mid-teens after the frontal passage later today. Seas gradually ease to the lower-teens by Tuesday morning. A stronger surface low and associated cold front is likely to affect the area Wednesday for another round of strong gales and building seas. Expect a fairly quick bump of seas into the upper-teens to the low-20 foot range. Forecast models are starting to show consistency in bringing a 25-30 foot swell train to Central Coast waters Wednesday night and Thursday as winds ease. Looks like conditions diminish significantly but still could present small craft problems late in the week. * 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 late, breezy, surf 10-12 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.
01/15 Mon 10:39 AM 8.99 H
01/15 Mon 5:43 PM -0.21 L
01/16 Tue 12:29 AM 7.15 H
01/16 Tue 5:21 AM 3.80 L
In Short: Rain developing, then mainly wet and sometimes windy.