Wednesday, Feb. 5th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yes, those were snowflakes falling from the sky last evening. The anticipated cold arctic air arrived before the last of the showers shook out, so we had a couple of short flurries but no accumulation. That followed a day of mixed sun and clouds, light and variable winds, and a high in the mid-40s. By 9:00pm, the east winds showed up, 10-15 mph gusting 20. Overnight, the sky cleared, the temperature dropped and the breeze intensified. This morning, east winds are 20-25 mph gusting over 30, it’s partly cloudy and temps are in the 20s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 46F/28F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 43F/27F/0.00”
Forecast: It wasn’t there yesterday, but today a low pressure weather system is developing off the Washington Coast. So, you ask, how does this affect me? The answer is that we have an increasing chance of snow late tomorrow and tomorrow night. The aforementioned weather disturbance has moisture associated with it and bands of that precipitation are expected to make their way into the entrenched cold air over the Central Coast. Already there are a few clouds around, giving us mixed sun and clouds today instead of being totally clear. High this afternoon in the upper 30s with strong east winds, 20-25 mph gusting 30 or higher. The overcast is predicted to thicken overnight, there’s a slight chance of snow showers, continued east winds, and a low in the mid-20s. Tomorrow, a high about 35F and additional moist air filtering in gives us about a 30% chance of snow showers. That goes up to a 50-50 chance tomorrow night, but not much accumulation is expected. Outlook is for a continued slight chance of snow on Friday, high again near 35F, and moderating winds. Friday night into Saturday looks rather dicey as we slowly transition to wetter and warmer weather. During this period, snow and freezing rain are a serious prospect for our area.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open over the Coast Range, but it’s cold, 20-25F, and there are many spots of ice. Snow showers are expected beginning tomorrow. Highway 101 is below freezing through the Central Coast region, so any leftover wet spots from yesterday will be icy this morning. Valley destinations are chilly, 30-35F, with mostly bare pavement, but snow is forecast tomorrow. In the Cascades, occasional snow flurries are predicted through tonight. Cascade highways are windy and cold, just 2-3F, with icy areas and packed snow. Carry chains or traction tires. A Wind Chill Warning is in effect for the next 36 hours. Wind chill temperatures from 5-25F below zero can be expected.
Cascades Snow Pack… 71”, a gain of 2” since yesterday.
Marine: It’s choppy this morning in local waters. Though the swell is just 4 feet, wind waves are running about 3 feet and the E breeze is up to 15-20 knots gusting 25. Those conditions are expected to continue through tonight. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Tomorrow, E winds 10-15 knots, veering SE in the afternoon, 5-10 knots; seas remaining about 4 feet. Outlook is for light easterlies on Friday. A fairly strong system is forecast to arrive on Saturday with S winds 20-25 knots, seas 5-7 feet. A bit lighter southerlies are forecast for Sunday, 10-15 knots, and wave heights slowly rising through the week, eventually reaching 10 feet by Tuesday.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, cold, breezy, surf, 2-3 feet (low).
02/05 Wed 10:41 AM 1.41 L
02/05 Wed 04:45 PM 6.63 H
02/05 Wed 10:21 PM 2.26 L
02/06 Thu 04:57 AM 8.71 H
In Short: Partly cloudy, windy, then increasing chances of snow.