Summary: Showers, lightning, thunder and hail yesterday, continuing overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/44F/32mph/0.90”
Depoe Bay: 52F/41F/33mph/0.47”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,400’, broken @ 2,300’, overcast @ 3,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 11 mph/Altimeter: 29.96”
A High Surf Advisory issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast is in effect until 3:00pm this afternoon. Breaking waves will continue to run-up beaches much higher than normal. Waves will likely break over jetties much closer to shore than usual. Large driftwood logs can easily be carried by the high surf. Injuries or death are possible to those near or on the logs. Large ocean swells around 21 to 23 feet will continue, subsiding below 20 feet this afternoon. The threat of coastal flooding and significant beach erosion has ended.
A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion. It can be very dangerous to venture near the coast under high surf conditions. People at times are swept off rocks and jetties and drown while observing high surf. Stay well back from the water’s edge and be alert for the exceptionally high waves.
A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for Central Coast beaches and headlands, in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday morning. South winds 30-40 mph with gusts 55-65 mph. Strongest winds are expected early Sunday morning. Strong winds may blow down trees, branches, and power lines. Isolated power outages are possible.
A High Wind Watch means hazardous high wind conditions are favorable in and close to the watch area in the next 12 to 48 hours.
Forecast: So, it looks like we’ll be trading-in high surf for high winds. Showers continue today through tomorrow, producing up to another inch and a half inch of rain, sou’westers gusting 20-25 mph, high temps in the upper-40s and a low in the low-40s. Outlook is for rainy and windy Sunday, showers Monday, rain again Tuesday, then showers Wednesday and Thursday. The mercury should be near average with highs of 45-50F and lows of 40-45F during the extended period.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 35-40F, light southeast winds. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered, 25-30F, the snow level is well below the passes at 2,500 feet, 1-4 inches of snow expected today, carry chains or tractions tires.
* Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is mainly wet pavement; in the Cascades, snow showers with several inches of snow accumulation possible on the highways through Sunday night, the snow level remaining below the passes at 2,500 feet.
Marine: Winds are S 10-15 knots gusting 20 this morning with seas 17-18 feet at 14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds and seas is in effect through Saturday afternoon. A Storm Watch has been posted for Saturday evening though Sunday morning. Low pressure north of the area weakens today and tonight. Another low-pressure system approaches from the northwest Saturday morning, and will bring a frontal system across Central Coast waters late Saturday night through Sunday morning. Weak high pressure arrives Monday before the next low moves near or across local waters Monday night and Tuesday. Expect seas to peak around 24 feet Sunday morning; they will be choppier this round with dominant wave periods expected to be around 12 seconds. Seas will subside to below 20 feet Sunday afternoon, and gradually subside to around 12 feet Monday night. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
Notice to Mariners… Dredging will begin January 24th lasting through January 31st in Yaquina Bay’s South Beach Marina Entrance and Access Channel. The dredge m/v Renegade and assist vessel m/v Buccaneer will be performing the work; both can be reached on VHF Channels 13, 16 and 79.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 21-23 feet (very high).
* Stay off of jetties, offshore rocks, rocky shores and sandy beaches today. These areas will be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tide this afternoon. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
01/19 Fri 7:16 AM 3.51 L
01/19 Fri 1:03 PM 8.60 H
01/19 Fri 7:54 PM -0.13 L
01/20 Sat 2:39 AM 7.61 H
In Short: Showers and breezy, then mainly wet and windy.