Coastal forecaster, weather observer and offshore sailor specializing in the local nuances of Central Oregon Coast weather for residents and visitors.
By: NewportOr , 4:07 PM GMT on January 30, 2014
Thursday, Jan. 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: The blender was running on medium yesterday providing a mix of clouds, short sunbreaks, showers and variable winds. The southerly breeze in the morning was relatively stiff at 20-30 mph with a peak gust of 38 at Yachats, but it died down substantially by early afternoon. Highs around 50F, rebounding from lows in the 40s. Rainfall amounts were below a quarter inch. Most of the precipitation left us overnight and stars were visible in the broken overcast. This morning, clouds are re-thickening (if that’s a word) ahead of another round of moisture and unstable conditions.
Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City: 52F/48F/0.22”
Depoe Bay: 50F/44F/0.10”
Forecast: Continuing our home appliance analogy, the weather washing machine is out of the agitate cycle, a final rinse is on the way, and we should be going into the dryer by the weekend. More showers are anticipated to pass through the Central Coast over the next 24 to 36 hours; highest chances and heaviest rain should be later today through tonight. High temperature this afternoon near 50F; overnight low about 40F. Light west to northwest winds. Tomorrow expect a decreasing chance of showers through the day and cooler, high in the mid-40s. Outlook is for a drying trend and lots more sunshine Saturday through Monday. Highs in the upper 40s, lows in the mid-30s. No major storm systems on the horizon.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and around 35F this morning with wet pavement and icy spots. Highway 34 has standing water on the roadway near Alsea Mountain summit at Milepost 38. Highway 101 has no issues through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are in the 40s with showers expected through tomorrow. In the Cascades, it’s a different story with snow showers forecast until Saturday. Highways have slush and packed snow with the freezing level at 2,500 feet. Another 2-6 inches of snow is possible in the next 48 hours. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack... 53”, a gain of 6” since yesterday. Over the last week there has been a net gain of 3”.
Cascadia: A magnitude 4.7 earthquake was recorded about 130 miles west of Gold Beach at 4:00pm yesterday. It was felt in Lincoln City and other Oregon Coast locations.
Marine: The breeze has lightened and come around to the NW early today, under 10 knots; seas are holding at 10 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas 10-12 feet remains in effect through this afternoon, winds NW 10-15 knots gusting 20. This evening begins with northwesterly winds 15-20 knots, but dropping overnight to 10-15, seas subsiding to 8 feet. For Friday, W to NW winds 5-15 knots, wave heights holding about 8 feet. Outlook is for fairly benign conditions over the weekend and into early next week. Winds variable 5-10 knots gusting 15, and the swell relaxing to 4-5 feet.
On the Beach... Showers, light wind, surf 6-8 feet (moderate). The final round of this Winter’s King Tides continues today and tomorrow. Be extremely careful anywhere near the ocean during this period of extreme high water. If you’d like to help document these exceptional events (from a safe distance), go here: www.coastalatlas.net/kingtides/
01/30 Thu 11:09 AM 10.37 H
01/30 Thu 05:57 PM -1.55 L
01/31 Fri 12:31 AM 8.54 H
01/31 Fri 05:58 AM 2.08 L
In Short: Showers, light wind, then drying and mostly sunny.
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