Saturday, Feb. 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: Depending on where you were along the Central Coast, you will recall yesterday differently. At the southern end, it rained most of the day and warmed up above 40F. In the middle, Newport struggled with freezing rain and the mercury hovering around the freezing mark. Lincoln City was on the line of the cooler air and had a mix of precipitation types. Most locations turned to all rain overnight, but it was still cool enough that a little snow remains on lawns and roofs this morning.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Precipitation…
Lincoln City: 35F/24F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 34F/24F/0.03”
Forecast: All warnings and watches were lifted for the Central Coast early this morning. In fact, we’re the only area in Western Oregon not to be currently hunkered down under some type of Winter weather advisory. For us, plain old rain today, light east wind, and a high near 45F. Rainfall amounts could reach half an inch. More rain tonight, low of 40F. Tomorrow, a 50-50 chance of showers with the thermometer rising to near 50F. Outlook is for rain all week, windy at times and temperatures of 45-50F.
Travel: The big story is in this section today. While most of the Central Coast is above freezing and raining this morning, there are remaining spots of wet snow and ice on some local roads and streets. Highway 101 is mostly just wet, but Lincoln City is still colder and has areas of ice and snow on the pavement. Coast Range mountain passes on Highways 18, 20 and 34 are below freezing, packed snow and ice, with freezing rain and up to another 5 inches of snow forecast today. Conditions locally are not what they are elsewhere in Western Oregon, so weekend travelers should not be tempted into thinking it’s all over and time for a run to the Valley. The Willamette Valley remains under storm warnings for freezing rain today from Salem south. North of there, including the Portland area, the warning is for 2-6 inches of snow through tonight, freezing rain tomorrow. Chains or traction tires are required on I-5 between Corvallis and Salem and over all Cascade Mountain passes.
For travel purposes, here are selected Friday snowfall depths – Alsea 5”, Blodgett 7”, Sunset Summit 5”, Philomath 12”, Corvallis 12-18”, Salem 6”, Eugene 7”, Portland 2-5”, Santiam Pass 6”, Government Camp 4”.
Cascades Snow Pack… 76”, a gain of 6” since yesterday.
Marine: SW winds are 5-10 knots this morning, and seas are up a little, running about 7 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today and tonight, the breeze is expected to back to the E 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas rising to 9 feet by this evening. Tomorrow, look for S wind 10-15 knots, seas falling to 6 feet. Outlook is for a series of fronts to arrive from the SW over the week. Winds 20-25 knots Monday and Tuesday, wave heights about 7 feet, but building to 12-15 feet by late Wednesday. Another blow is forecast for Thursday.
On the Beach… Rain, cool, light wind, surf 4-5 feet (low).
02/08 Sat 02:10 PM 1.14 L
02/08 Sat 08:54 PM 6.01 H
02/09 Sun 01:35 AM 3.85 L
02/09 Sun 07:53 AM 8.18 H
In Short: Rain, light wind, wet and warming up.