Saturday, Feb. 13th – Lincoln County
Summary: The unstable atmosphere produced a litany of conditions yesterday as we started out rainy, turned showery, went to sunny and eventually became foggy. Overall precipitation totals came in at about a quarter inch, southerly winds were mostly 10-15 mph and high temps stopped in the mid-50s. Visibility bobbed around between a quarter mile and 5 miles, the thickest fog developed in the early afternoon. Scattered clouds and broken overcast allowed a little starshine overnight and lows slipped into the upper-40s. This morning, clouds were increasing as a front approached and southeast winds blew lightly.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 3,800′, 4,800′, 6,000′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 6 mph/Pressure: 30.20”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/52F/0.24”
Depoe Bay: 55F/49F/0.17”
Forecast: A dark and stormy night lies ahead. Expect rain to develop by this afternoon and become heavy at times tonight, filling the rain gauges with up to 1-2 inches. Southerly winds are projected to build to 20-25 mph gusting 35-40, higher along the beaches and headlands. Tomorrow, rain and southwest winds 25 mph or so, high 55F. Outlook is for a chance of rain on President’s Day and Tuesday, rain likely Wednesday, then rain/showers Thursday and Friday. The mercury is predicted to remain in the seasonal range with highs of 50-55F and lows around 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s mostly bare pavement with spots of ice possible on the highways and it’s about 35F in the passes; rain developing and windy today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain by afternoon, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers turning to steady rain, light southwest winds, high of 50F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and icy areas this morning, temps around 30F, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for snow developing today, the snow level is below the passes at 3,500 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is mainly wet pavement at the lower elevations through tomorrow, drying on Monday; in the Cascades, 3-7 inches of snow tonight with snow levels well below the passes, then rain Sunday, the snow level rising above the highways to 7,500 feet, a chance of rain on Monday.
Marine: Southerly winds are 10-15 knots this morning with seas 10-11 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect now through tomorrow afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon through tomorrow afternoon. S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and seas 12 feet at 15 seconds. Tonight, the breeze eases to SW 15-20 knots after midnight with seas 12 feet at 13 seconds. SW wind 15 knots gusting 20 is expected tomorrow, swells subsiding to 10 feet. Outlook is for southerlies 10-20 knots and seas about 10 feet Monday through Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain developing, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/13 Sat 09:54 AM 1.19 L
02/13 Sat 04:04 PM 7.47 H
02/13 Sat 09:52 PM 1.51 L
02/14 Sun 04:29 AM 9.07 H
In Short: Becoming rainy and windy, brief drying, then unsettled.