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Weather or Not: Dangerous Beaches/Thunderstorms

Thursday, Jan. 18th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly cloudy AM, rainy/windy PM yesterday; showers overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 64F/51F/54mph/0.48”
Depoe Bay: 65F/50F/43mph/0.45”
Newport: 63F/45F/51mph/0.52”
Waldport: 65F/50F/47mph/0.45”
Yachats: 63F/49F/46mph/0.52”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,500’, broken @ 4,500’, overcast @ 5,500’
Visibility: 4 miles/Wind: S 16 mph G38/Altimeter: 29.91”

The Coastal Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast remains in effect until midnight tonight. Ocean water will rush much farther up beaches and jetties than normal. Structures and roads located immediately at beach level will likely be inundated by waves and damaged by debris. Many beaches, jetties, and rocky outcroppings will be covered by deep water. Beach erosion is possible.

* Offshore buoys reported ocean swell heights between 34 and 37 feet with a dominant wave period of 17 seconds early this morning. The swell will slowly subside today, but remain above 25 feet through this afternoon. This swell will produce 35 to 45 foot breaking waves along the beaches through tonight.

* The extremely large surf combined with a higher than normal tide this afternoon will likely result in flooding of low lying areas along the coast. Locations particularly vulnerable are Willapa Bay and vicinity, Seaside, Nehalem, Tillamook and Florence.

* High tide is forecast to be 10.0 to 11.5 feet between noon and 2:00pm today.

* 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: As if the dangerous surf isn’t enough to deal with, be prepared for thunderstorms today. There was already a lightning strike very close to Newport about 6:45am this morning, and more may be on the way. Otherwise, showers, southwest winds gusting 30-40 mph and a high this afternoon of 50F. Showers continue tonight, a chance of additional thunderstorms, low 45F. Tomorrow, showers, cooler, high in the upper-40s. Outlook is for showers likely Saturday, rainy and breezy Sunday, showers Monday, rain Tuesday, and showers again on Wednesday. Temperatures should be about normal for mid-January with highs near 50F and lows around 45F.

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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 40-45F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperatures 45-50F, light southeast winds. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered, 30-32F, the snow level is well below the passes at 3,500 feet, 3-6 inches of snow expected, carry chains or tractions 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 20-30 knots gusting 35 this morning with huge seas 29-30 feet at 19 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this afternoon. There are multiple marine hazards today as a low-pressure system remains just offshore of the British Columbia coast and a series of upper level shortwaves move over the region. Expect gales, extremely large seas, and thunderstorms. Buoy 89, which is around 90 miles offshore, peaked at 37 feet at 17 seconds around midnight last night. The seas will subside to 20-25 feet tonight, then below 20 feet by Friday afternoon. Gales should end to the south this afternoon and to the north in the evening. Small Craft Advisory winds will follow the Gales and persist through late Friday night. Another strong front is expected late in the weekend. Gales are expected Saturday night. Forecast models hint of possible storm force gusts with the frontal passage Sunday morning. Seas will likely exceed 20 feet for a brief period on Sunday. Yet another front is likely on Tuesday with more Gales and 20+ foot seas. * 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, possible thunderstorms, breezy, surf 35-45 feet (extreme).
* Stay off of jetties, offshore rocks, rocky shores and sandy beaches today. These areas will be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tide around midday. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
* Tides
01/18 Thu 6:37 AM 3.61 L
01/18 Thu 12:27 PM 8.85 H (expect higher than predictions)
01/18 Thu 7:21 PM -0.31 L
01/19 Fri 2:06 AM 7.51 H

In Short: Showers, thunderstorms and breezy, then mainly wet and sometimes windy.

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