Summary: Mostly cloudy, a few sunbreaks yesterday; mixed skies overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/48F/16mph/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 56F/47F/22mph/0.01”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 6 mph/Altimeter: 29.97”
The Coastal Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast remains in effect from midnight tonight until midnight Thursday. A 27-32 foot swell train will reach the coast late tonight and peak around mid-day Thursday close to high tide (9.5-10.5 feet between noon and 2:00pm). This event appears to be similar to, or slightly stronger, than the December 2015 event where waves ran much higher on the beaches and impacted numerous low-lying structures adjacent to beaches and harbors. The unusually large westerly swell, with a dominant period of 17-19 seconds, will also create immense sneakers waves.
* Breaking waves of 35-45 feet running parallel to the coastline will send water much farther up beaches and jetties than normal. Structures and roads located immediately at beach level will potentially be flooded or impacted by debris. Many cove access beaches, jetties, and rocky outcroppings will be covered by deep water.
* Higher than normal tides and large seas will likely result in beach erosion and some flooding of low-lying locations along the coast tonight and tomorrow.
* Tidal overflow flooding of inland areas is possible but low river flows may limit impacts.
* A Coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring or imminent. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water, and take appropriate action to protect life and property. Visitors should remain off beaches and avoid narrow access areas where escape routes could be cut off by rising water.
Forecast: In addition to a wild and wooly ocean, we’re expecting some serious rainfall and strong winds ashore, too. Rain today, up to half an inch, south winds gusting to 50 mph and a high of 55-60F. The rain continues tonight, another half inch or better, sou’westers 20-30 mph gusting 45, and a low in the upper-40s. Tomorrow, showers and possible thunderstorms, an easing breeze and cooler, high about 50F. Outlook is for showers Thursday and Friday, rainy and breezy over the weekend, showers Monday, then a chance of rain Tuesday. The thermometer is projected to be in the normal range all week 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 40-45F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 45-50F, east winds gusting 35-40 mph. For the Cascades, highways are bare, 35-40F, the free air freezing level is at 8,000 feet. * 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 ESE 5-10 knots nearshore this morning but blowing 20-25 knots gusting 30 at Stonewall Bank with rough seas 11-12 feet at 12 seconds. A Storm Warning is in effect from 10:00am this morning through this evening. A strong cold front crosses Central Coast waters late today, which will result in storm force wind gusts of 45-50 knots this afternoon through this evening. The strong low will also generate very high seas 30-35 feet late tonight through Thursday. The active pattern continues into the weekend with combined seas in the upper-teens to lower-20s through at least Sunday morning. * 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, strong winds, surf 10-15 feet (moderate).
* NOTE: Surf will be building to extreme proportions tonight and tomorrow (see Coastal Flood Warning above).
01/17 Wed 11:51 AM 8.98 H
01/17 Wed 6:49 PM -0.38 L
01/18 Thu 1:34 AM 7.42 H
01/18 Thu 6:37 AM 3.61 L
In Short: Rainy and windy, showers and breezy, then more steady rain.