Sunday, Feb. 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: Okay, who finally went shopping yesterday? From the looks of store parking lots, maybe everybody. Warming temperatures and pouring rain scoured out the Central Coast’s remaining snow and ice, though it took most of the day. Highs near 50F ensured a clean, though wet, slate for walkers and drivers. Rainfall totals were mostly around three-quarters of an inch; Yachats received the most. There were brisk east winds, 20-25 until sunset, when they rapidly switched to southwest and increased to 25-35 mph with a peak gust of 47 at Newport. Overnight, the steady rain turned to showers, the breeze faded away, and lows were in the low-40s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 48F/32F/0.64”
Depoe Bay: 49F/33F/0.82”
Forecast: Put away your gloves and snow boots, and get your raingear back out; you’re going to need it all week. Today, in fact, may be the nicest of the next several. If you’re headed to the Depoe Bay Community Center this afternoon to hear Bob Ward’s discourse on Sir Francis Drake’s possible 1579 anchorage at Whale Cove, there’s a 50-50 chance of showers. Maybe some sunbreaks today, too, with a high near 50F, and light south wind. Tonight, regular rain returns after midnight, low of 45F. Outlook is that beginning tomorrow we’ll see a series of Pacific storms arrive throughout the week, with short breaks between them. During this period, expect lots of rain, it’ll be windy at times, with daytime highs of 50F, nighttime lows of 45F.
Travel: Central Coast streets, roads and Highway 101 are wet and drivable this morning. Coast Range Highways 18, 20 and 34 are below freezing with areas of ice, packed snow and slush. In addition, all three routes have places where trees or lines are down due to freezing rain. None are completely blocked, but delays can be expected. The Valley is beginning to warm up, but not enough to make driving much easier. Lots of snow, ice and slush remain on the roads. Corvallis has light freezing rain forecast until 10:00am. Portland is under a Freezing Rain Advisory until noon. Eugene and Salem are at 33F with fog. In the Cascades, snow and packed snow covers the pavement and it’s still snowing. Chains or traction tires are required over Santiam Pass and at Government Camp. All in all, it is still iffy for travel outside our immediate area.
Cascades Snow Pack… 81”, a gain of 5” since yesterday.
Marine: It’s a little lumpy on the ocean this morning. Seas are 7 feet at 9 seconds, but the wind is light SE 7-10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Southerlies remain around 10-15 knots today, wave heights holding at 6-7 feet. Conditions begin taking a turn for the worse by this evening, however. A Small Craft Advisory has been issued for late tonight through tomorrow afternoon as SW winds rise to 20-25 knots, seas still 7 feet, but wind waves up to 4 feet will make it very choppy. Outlook is for a gale Tuesday afternoon; S wind ramping up to 25-35 knots, combined seas 8 feet building to 12 feet. Wednesday and Thursday, another system arrives with southerly winds 20-25 knots and seas 12-15 feet, possibly near 20.
On the Beach… Showers, light wind, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
02/09 Sun 03:08 PM 0.87 L
02/09 Sun 09:54 PM 6.31 H
02/10 Mon 02:41 AM 3.85 L
02/10 Mon 08:48 AM 8.24 H
In Short: Showers, light wind, then wet and windy.