Summary: Showers yesterday, continuing through the evening and overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 50F/44F/33mph/0.66”
Depoe Bay: 48F/41F/22mph/0.59”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 2,500’ & 3,000’, overcast @ 7,000’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: SW 9 mph/Altimeter: 30.15”
The National Weather Service has upgraded the High Wind Watch to a High Wind Warning for Central Coast beaches and headlands, in effect from 2:00am to 10:00am Sunday. South winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 65 mph. The strongest winds are expected early Sunday morning. Strong winds may blow down trees, branches, and power lines. Isolated power outages are expected. Travel may be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. A High Wind Warning means hazardous weather conditions of strong and damaging winds are imminent or highly likely in the warning area.
Forecast: Showers and breezy today, southerly winds gusting 25-30 mph, maybe a quarter inch of precipitation, and a high of 50F. Rain developing tonight, windy with gusts as high as 60 mph, low 45F. Up to three-quarters of an inch of rain tomorrow, sou’westers 30-35 mph gusting 50 in the morning, easing somewhat in the afternoon, high again about 50F. Outlook is for showers Monday, rain Tuesday and Wednesday, showers Thursday, then a chance of showers Friday. Temperatures near normal – highs 50F, lows 45F all week.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are mostly wet, temps about 35F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 40F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 35-40F, light south winds. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered, 25-30F, the snow level is well below the passes at 2,500 feet, 1-3 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, the snow level remaining below the passes at 2,500 feet, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 4:00am tomorrow morning through 6:00pm tomorrow night for up to a foot of snow.
Marine: Winds are SW 10-15 knots this morning with steep seas 16-17 feet at 15 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through late tonight. A Storm Warning is then in effect from late tonight through tomorrow morning. Seas remain 16 to 19 feet early this morning, but will subside a little through the rest of the day. However, the next frontal system will move through Central Coast waters late tonight and tomorrow morning. Storm Warning remains in effect with gusts to 55 knots expected as the front moves through. This system will be a fast-mover, with winds decreasing by tomorrow afternoon. Along with winds, seas will build with the front, reaching 20 to 25 feet; dominant wave periods will be only around 12 seconds, making for rather steep seas. Winds ease late Sunday and Monday, but the next disturbance crosses the waters on Tuesday. This will bring a round of gales and seas rebuilding into the upper-teens. The general pattern remains rather active through next week, but confidence remains lower with respect to the timing of the various disturbances. * 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.
01/20 Sat 7:57 AM 3.41 L
01/20 Sat 1:42 PM 8.23 H
01/20 Sat 8:27 PM 0.18 L
01/21 Sun 3:13 AM 7.71 H
In Short: Showers and breezy, rainy and very windy, then mainly wet and breezy.