Summary: In a word, gloomy. On the heels of a gorgeous, sunny and warm Sunday, we were socked in all day yesterday with light rain at times, areas of fog and mild temperatures. The only action was the 15-25 mph south-southwest breeze; a peak gust of 33 mph was recorded at Lincoln City. No change to speak of overnight and into the morning hours, except that the rain seems to have picked up. The thermometer wavered very little, showing both highs and lows right around 50F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/48F/0.53”
Depoe Bay: 49F/45F/0.73”
Forecast: To paraphrase Bogie, “We’ll always have Sunday.” That was the only day during the past week that the Central Coast was not under some kind of weather watch or warning. Late yesterday, the National Weather Service issued a High Wind Watch for our area, which goes into effect this evening at 6:00pm and runs through tomorrow morning at 7:00am. This will quite possibly be upgraded to warning level later today. Southwest winds are predicted to increase substantially this evening to 40-45 mph gusting to 60-65, as high as 70-75 mph on beaches and headlands. During the day today, however, the southerly winds shouldn’t be much over 30 mph and rain showers are expected with a high near 50F. Tonight, it’ll be raining sideways in the strong breeze, with up to an inch of precipitation forecast. Tomorrow, winds dying down to ‘only’ 25-30 mph gusting 45, and another half inch of rain. Outlook is for rainy and at times windy weather through early next week. Temperatures during the next several days, fairly steady at 45-50F both night and day.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and above freezing with wet pavement this morning, warming to 45-50F later today. Very windy tonight in the Coast Range, so look out for trees, limbs and lines to possibly be in your path. Valley destinations have rain and temperatures in the 40s today. In the Cascades, highways are snow packed with ice and slush in spots. Carry chains or traction tires. Up to 3” of snow is predicted at Cascade pass level today, heavy snow tonight and very windy. The freezing level is about 4,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack… 79”, a gain of 1” since yesterday.
Marine: Nothing to write home about this morning. Seas are at 6 feet, SW winds 10-15 knots and there are areas of fog. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. There’s a short window early today to venture offshore, but that all changes this afternoon when a Gale Warning goes into effect for SW winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 35, seas building to 7-9 feet. A real barnburner is coming late tonight when the breeze intensifies to 35-40 knots gusting 50, and wave heights jump up to 16 feet. Tomorrow, SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 35, slowly dropping through the day to 10-15 knots gusting 20; seas 14 feet subsiding to 11 feet. Outlook is for another storm to arrive Thursday night into Friday, followed by an additional blow Saturday night and Sunday. Southerly winds near gale force at times through the long-term, seas 10-15 feet, possibly as high as 20 feet over the weekend.
On the Beach… Rain, fog, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
02/11 Tue 09:36 AM 8.35 H
02/11 Tue 04:35 PM 0.37 L
02/11 Tue 11:15 PM 6.91 H
02/12 Wed 04:22 AM 3.39 L
In Short: Rain, windy at times, no change for the long-term.