Thursday, Feb. 13th – Lincoln County
Summary: Seemed like a good day to be wearing a London Fog coat yesterday. Strong southwest winds, 20-30 mph, died out shortly after daybreak, but returned again in the late afternoon. Peak gust since 8:00am Wednesday was 35 mph at Lincoln City. There was fog and light rain most of the day, with heavier showers in the mix; precipitation amounts were highest from Newport south. Into the evening and overnight, partial clearing allowed a few stars to peek through the gloom. By daybreak today, the wind was light, with patchy fog on the lower deck and considerable clearing above which gave us a calm before the (next) storm. Temperatures hovered around 50F, day and night.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/50F/0.20”
Depoe Bay: 50F/47F/0.26”
Forecast: And the gold medal for most official weather warnings in Oregon during the past ten days goes to… Team Central Coast! The National Weather Service early yesterday issued another High Wind Watch. It is in effect from 10:00pm tonight through tomorrow morning at 6:00am for beaches and headlands, including those near Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats. South winds 30 to 40 mph in town and gusts to 60 or 65 mph on beaches and headlands. Also, on Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a new Hydrologic Outlook for potential flooding today through next Tuesday. Rainfall Tuesday night and yesterday caused sharp rises on many rivers in Northwest Oregon, with a few rivers already approaching flood stage. The next storm tonight could dump 1 to 3 inches of rain on the Central Coast and Coast Range. On Saturday, expect another 1 to 2 inches of rain. Additional rain is forecast for Sunday night through Tuesday, with periods of heavy rain possible. The very wet weather will keep river levels high for the next several days, and minor flooding is possible for creeks and rivers, along with flood-prone intersections or roads in urban areas. We’ll continue to evaluate weather and river forecasts through the week. Outlook is for showers, mixed sun and clouds today then, beginning tonight, stormy with lots of rain, strong wind at times, and temperatures 40F-50F throughout the long-term.
Travel: Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open, foggy and well above freezing with wet pavement this morning. Highway 20 is down to one lane with flaggers about 3 miles west of Eddyville where a washout occurred. Expect delays up to 20 minutes. Highway 34 has standing water on the roadway near Alsea Mountain summit at Milepost 38.5. Valley destinations have rain showers and temperatures near 50F today. In the Cascades, highways have bare pavement this morning, but between 1 and 6 inches of snow is expected tonight and tomorrow. Carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 3,500 feet rising to near 6,000 feet late tonight.
Cascades Snow Pack… 80”, a loss of 5” since yesterday; 20% below water-year average. Weekly snow total +12”, deviation from last year -20”, from 30 year average -11”.0.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition.
Hoodoo 1/33/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 1/24/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 3/91/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 1/75/Variable
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 2/22/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 7/30/Powder
Marine: A light SSW wind about 10 knots and seas of 9 feet are the early morning conditions facing mariners. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar has not reported in. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Rapid changes are on the way. A Gale Warning is in effect from this evening through tomorrow morning for SW winds 25-30 knots gusting 35. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is also in effect for combined short-period seas rising to 15 feet by tonight. Tomorrow the SW winds are predicted to drop in the late morning to W 15-20 gusting 25, and seas at 13 feet. Outlook isn’t pretty. Saturday, another southerly gale, with the breeze building to 30-35 knots gusting 45, and seas rising to 15 feet. Sunday, SW winds 35-40 knots and seas 22 feet or higher. Additional strong storm systems are forecast to follow during the early part of the week. NOTE: There have been changes to the depth survey for Chart 18581, Yaquina Bay and River Channel. For an updated image, go here: http://ocsdata.ncd.noaa.gov/ntm/Image.aspx?Image=2 40000.
On the Beach… Showers, light wind, surf 8-10 feet (moderate), stormy tonight.
02/13 Thu 10:58 AM 8.54 H
02/13 Thu 05:42 PM 0.12 L
02/14 Fri 12:14 AM 7.45 H
02/14 Fri 05:39 AM 2.77 L
In Short: Chance of showers, then very windy, heavy rain, more storms.