Paying the Piper

By: NewportOr , 4:01 PM GMT on January 28, 2014

Tuesday, Jan. 28th – Lincoln County

Summary: The first raindrops started spattering windshields during the noon hour yesterday, and became steady by mid-afternoon. Precipitation amounts haven’t been impressive, at a tenth of an inch so far. Winds were from the east at 10-15 mph, with a peak gust of 21 at Lincoln City. Highs topped out around 50F after morning lows in the low-40s. There was intermittent very light rain overnight and into this morning, and east winds have gone soft, generally under 10 mph.

Past 24 hours high/low/rain...
Lincoln City: 48F/43F/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 47F/41F/0.09”
Newport: 46F/39F/0.08”
Waldport: 51F/41F/0.10”
Yachats: 51F/43F/0.09”

Forecast: Time to pay the piper. His fee for the previous ten days of dry and sunny Summer-like weather is a stretch of rain and wind, both in copious amounts. Occasional rain today, light winds, high of 50F. But deteriorating conditions are expected by this evening. The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for the arrival tonight of the strongest storm in at least two weeks. It’ll be a wet one with projections of 1-2 inches of rain between this evening and Thursday. Winds going southerly and rising to 15-25 mph gusting 40 by tonight; tomorrow, 25-30 mph gusting 45. Temperatures in the 40s. Outlook is for the higher wind and heavier rain to fade by Thursday, followed by several days of showers, variable clouds, sunny periods, light winds and cooler temperatures; highs in the mid-to-upper 40s, lows in the mid-30s. In a word, unsettled.

Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open but once again flirting with the freezing point so there are patches of ice. By late morning, Coast to Valley highways should be down to wet blacktop for the rest of today. Highway 101 has no issues through the Central Coast region. Valley destinations are about 40F with rain expected through the day. In the Cascades, highways have a mix of wet pavement and icy spots. The freezing level is at 5,500 feet, and there’s a chance for light snow today and tonight. Crossing the Cascade passes may become hazardous tomorrow; 3-6 inches of snow coupled with strong winds is forecast.

Cascades Snow Pack... 49”, no change since yesterday.

Marine: Seas have doubled since yesterday morning and are now near 10 feet; winds are out of the SSE at 10 knots. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels, and for uninspected passenger vessels 24 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas, 11-12 feet, is up through tomorrow evening. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this afternoon with the arrival of a warm front. The wind advisory will remain hoisted through late Wednesday. Southerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 today, rising to SW 20-25 knots late tonight, and westerly gusts to 30 knots tomorrow, finally easing late tomorrow night. Seas slowly subsiding through the period to 6-8 feet. Outlook is for NW winds 10-15 knots Thursday and Friday, seas 5-6 feet. S wind 5-10 knots, seas 5 feet, over the weekend.

On the Beach... Rainy, moderate winds, surf 9-12 feet.
01/28 Tue 09:20 AM 9.91 H
01/28 Tue 04:25 PM -0.97 L
01/28 Tue 11:04 PM 7.5 H
01/29 Wed 04:08 AM 3.0 L

In Short: Rain and wind increasing, then showery.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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