Caution: Winter Ahead

By: NewportOr , 4:02 PM GMT on February 03, 2014

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Monday, Feb. 3rd – Lincoln County

Summary: Arctic air is already pushing in, the way the Seahawks found the end zone yesterday. For those holed-up watching the game, you didn’t miss much outdoors. Mostly cloudy with sunbreaks, high about 50F, light and variable winds mostly under 10 mph. Clouds condensed overnight and the predicted rain showers arrived with precipitation amounts around a tenth of an inch. This morning, the cooler air dropped temperatures to near freezing. Coupled with wet pavement, area driving conditions are hazardous in some areas (see Travel section below).

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 53F/39F/0.12”
Depoe Bay: 48F/35F/0.18”
Newport: 50F/34F/0.09”
Waldport: 49F/37F/0.13”
Yachats: 49F/37F/0.09”

Forecast: Maybe not the six weeks predicted by Phil, but we are in store for at least one more week of Winter. On the heels of a final round of showers today, and a high in the low-40s, it’s going to get cold and windy. The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for very cold weather during the week ahead. Tomorrow should be mostly sunny and relative warm, high about 40F or so, with a light north wind. But beginning tomorrow night, Central Coast temperatures are expected to plummet substantially; lows in the low-20s and highs near freezing. Coupled with gusty east winds, 10-20 mph gusting 30, windchills will be close to zero at times. Outlook is for the cold snap to end Friday night followed by wet, warmer and breezy weather off the ocean. There’s a chance for a brief wintery mix of sleet, freezing rain and a quick shot of snow on Saturday as we transition from cold and clear to wet and warmer.

Travel: With wet pavement and temperatures near freezing, local roads and streets may have spots of black ice this morning, so remain vigilant. Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and below freezing with serious black ice in some areas. (A semi overturned 30 miles west of Newport about 8:00am in icy conditions on Highway 20, and two cars slid off that highway at daybreak, one at Cline Hill and another just west of Burnt Woods.) There’s a chance of snow showers, too, on Coast Range highways through tonight. Highway 101 has possible areas of black ice early today. Valley destinations are in the low-30s, icy in spots and mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers today. In the Cascades, scattered snow showers are predicted through tonight. Mountain highways are cold, in the low-20s, with icy areas and packed snow. Chains or traction tires are required over Santiam Pass and at Government Camp. Expect hazardous driving conditions today. The freezing level is down to the surface.

Cascades Snow Pack... 65”, no change since yesterday.

Marine: Seas are up a bit this morning, around 7 feet, and winds are from the WNW 5-15 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Expect winds to veer to NE tonight 10 knots gusting 15 with seas falling slightly to 5 feet. Conditions begin changing tomorrow with rising NE winds gusting 20 knots, then 20-25 by Tuesday evening; seas remaining 4-5 feet. Outlook is for stiff northeasterlies through the week at 20-25 knots, seas about 4 feet. A major transition to a SW storm flow with windier weather, possible gales and seas rising sharply above 10 feet is predicted to begin on Saturday.

On the Beach... Showers and sun, cooler, light wind, surf 3-4 feet (low).
02/03 Mon 08:39 AM 1.35 L
02/03 Mon 02:39 PM 8.34 H
02/03 Mon 08:49 PM 0.49 L
02/04 Tue 03:21 AM 9.17 H

In Short: Showers, sunbreaks, then cold and windy.

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