Slide prone Highway 36 back open near Triangle Lake

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Feb 192017
 

Highway 36 Mapleton-Junction City Highway is now open. The road had been closed for several days due to a landslide west of Triangle Lake – ODOT

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Weather or Not: Tap On, Tap Off, etc.

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Feb 192017
 

Sunday, Feb. 19th – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers, tiny sunbreaks and breezy yesterday, heavier rain overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 49F/43F/27mph/0.62”
Depoe Bay: 48F/41F/31mph/0.49”
Newport: 46F/41F/33mph/0.64”
Waldport: 49F/42F/35mph/0.63”
Yachats: 47F/40F/33mph/0.92”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,400’ & 2,700’, broken @ 5,500’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: S 15 mph G31/Altimeter: 29.48”

Forecast: We’re in one of those periods of unstable atmospheric conditions today which will include some showers and possible thunderstorms with small hail. There have already been some lightning strikes recorded off Florence this morning. Southwest winds are expected to remain rather stiff, gusting as high as 40 mph this afternoon, and the thermometer tops out around 50F. The showers turn to steady rain tonight lasting through tomorrow night with up to a couple of inches, south winds 25-35 gusting 45, the low about 45F and a holiday high of 50F. Outlook is for the rain tap to be turned alternately on and off with showers through Friday, then off for a while beginning Saturday. Temps continue on the cool side as highs reach 45-50F and lows slump to 35-40F.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on Winter’s rapidly changing conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement with 35-40F in the passes. Willamette Valley highways are wet, temperatures 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet roads, too, thermometer readings near 40F. For the Cascades, snow flurries, packed snow, and 25-30F in the passes.

* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is wet highways through Monday night at the lower elevations including the Coast Range; in the Cascades, occasional snow with several inches of accumulation predicted in the passes during the weekend, carry chains or traction tires.

* An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are SSW 25-30 knots this morning with seas 11-12 feet at 9 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow morning. A Gale Watch is in effect from Monday morning through Monday afternoon. Lighter NW winds are expected Tuesday through Thursday, swells falling to 6-8 feet. * 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 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
02/19 Sun 01:02 PM 2.09 L
02/19 Sun 07:31 PM 5.59 H
02/20 Mon 12:26 AM 4.17 L
02/20 Mon 06:53 AM 7.54 H

In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, rain and wind, then unsettled.

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Coast Festival NOW “Stronger Together” Run 5K RUN/WALK FEBRUARY 26

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Feb 192017
 

Stronger Together Run
February 24th
Newport

This year the annual Coast Festival Run on Sunday, February 26 is becoming the Stronger Together Run and is co-sponsored by the Coast Hills Running Club and Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation. We are still celebrating fitness and community participation, and this year we want to invite an even larger audience and greater community participation. We are all stronger when we are fit! Everyone is encouraged to run, walk or stroll in this event. There will be a competitive route for those that want to set PRs and a noncompetitive route for those that just want to be out enjoying our community and each other. The 5K (3.1 miles) route is a scenic, fairly flat, fast and fun run/walk beginning at 9:00 at the Newport Performing Arts Center, winding through Nye Beach, through Yaquina Bay State Park and back to the PAC. A shorter (about a mile) route through Nye Beach will also be offered at the same time. Following the event, local musicians “The Dolby Gang” will entertain all in the PAC lobby while we enjoy delicious clam chowder donated by Ocean Bleu at Gino’s and fabulous raffle prizes donated by local businesses.

Day of race registration begins at 8:00 at the PAC. To guarantee a t-shirt, last day to preregister ($15) with a t-shirt ($10) is Monday 2/20 at 6 pm. Shirts can be ordered for $10 without registration. The Coast Festival 5K offers a fun and exciting addition to Newport Seafood and Wine Festival weekend activities in Newport. Participants are highly encouraged to register online https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=126354. You can also register at the event (day of race, $20) starting at 8 am at the Newport Performing Arts Center (777 W. Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365), or pick up an entry brochure at the Newport Recreation Center, the Newport Chamber of Commerce, and various other businesses around town. Early registration is encouraged, Coast Festival t-shirts are only guaranteed for those registering by 6 pm on Feb. 20.

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Rope Rescue at Devil’s Church South of Yachats

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Feb 182017
 

2:15pm
What was reported to be a man fleeing law enforcement ran off a cliff at Devil’s Churn south of Yachats. The Lincoln County Rope Team along with fire-rescue personnel from throughout the region are on scene trying to rescue him. Drivers use caution in the area.

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Weather or Not: A Buckled Jet Stream

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Feb 182017
 

Saturday, Feb. 18th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mixed sky yesterday, chilly northwest winds, light rain this morning.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/45F/0.07”
Depoe Bay: 54F/44F/0.03”
Newport: 52F/43F/0.03”
Waldport: 51F/45F/0.03”
Yachats: 51F/43F/0.02”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,100’, 2,400’ & 3,200’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: NNW 9 mph/Altimeter: 29.48”

Forecast: Due to a buckle in the Jet Stream, much of the precipitation over the Northeast Pacific will be headed into California over the next couple of days. However, it still looks like we’ll have a fairly wet holiday weekend here on the Central Coast, too. Beginning with some light rain or showers today, heavier rain is then projected for tonight and tomorrow, winds backing to the south 20-25 mph gusting 40, high temps about 50F and a low of 40-45F. Outlook is for rainy and breezy conditions for Presidents’ Day, then showers and sunbreaks Tuesday through Friday. Cool, as the mercury stalls at 45F during the afternoons and drops to 35-40F at night throughout the extended period.

wxon-twitterBe sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on Winter’s rapidly changing conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement with 40-45F in the passes. Willamette Valley highways are wet, temperatures 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge has bare roads, thermometer readings near 40F. For the Cascades, expect packed snow, slush and spots of ice, 30-32F in the passes.

* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is wet highways through Monday night at the lower elevations including the Coast Range; in the Cascades, occasional snow with several inches of accumulation predicted in the passes during the weekend, carry chains or traction tires.

* An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are NW 15-20 knots this morning with seas 9 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 10:00am this morning. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this evening through tomorrow afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from late tonight through Monday afternoon. Gale force southerlies are expected Monday and Monday night; combined seas building to 18-20 feet. * 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… Chance of showers, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
02/18 Sat 11:53 AM 2.21 L
02/18 Sat 06:07 PM 5.69 H
02/18 Sat 11:22 PM 3.72 L
02/19 Sun 05:54 AM 7.59 H

In Short: Chance of showers, wet and windy, then unsettled.

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