Monday, Feb. 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: It’s funny how quickly we acclimatize. A few days ago, wind gusts of 60 mph would have been a major story on everybody’s lips. But, after gusts above 70 mph Saturday afternoon, last night’s storm didn’t seem all that big. There were, however, impressive winds overnight. A little below official predictions, southwest winds were steady at 40-45 mph and gusts topped out at 50-60 mph. Lincoln City had the highest at 62 mph. Rain was somewhat lower that projections, too, with under an inch on the Central Coast; the Flood Watch was canceled early today. At daybreak, the wind and rain had markedly subsided.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 51F/46F/0.77”/63 mph
Depoe Bay: 50F/46F/0.57”/46 mph
Newport: 50F/45F/0.61”/52 mph
Waldport: 51F/45F/0.41”/51 mph
Yachats: 51F/45F/0.77”/56 mph
Forecast: Two down, one to go. The High Wind Warning was canceled at 7:00am this morning, but may soon be replaced by a High Wind Watch for tomorrow. Yup, another storm is headed this way, but it doesn’t appear to be nearly as strong as the last couple of them. Today, winds are expected to be around 15-20 mph; showers and possible thunderstorms could produce heavy rain and/or hail at times, high temperature around 50F. Showers continue tonight with southwest winds 15 mph gusting 30. Tomorrow, rain, possibly heavy at times, and the breeze building back up to 30-35 mph gusting to 55. This storm should be abating by tomorrow night. Outlook is for more rain Wednesday and much lighter winds. We’re down to just a chance of showers on Thursday, followed by cooler temperatures and partly sunny skies Friday, and then mostly sunny headed into the weekend. Temperatures during the week will range from the mid-50s to the mid-30s.
Travel: Heavy rain and high winds have produced localized water-ponding and debris on many streets, roads and highways, so keep an eye peeled today. As of 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 were open and in the mid-40s with wet pavement. Highway 101 is okay through the Central Coast, but there’s a non-blocking tree down 3 miles south of Yachats. Valley destinations will have rain, wind and temperatures near 50F today. In the Cascades, highways have packed snow, icy spots and windy conditions. A Winter Storm Warning is posted for up to two feet of new snow over the next couple of days. Chains or traction tires are required at Tombstone on Highway 20 west of Santiam Pass. Carry chains or traction tires on all Cascade Mountain highways. The freezing level is 3,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack… 89”, a gain of 4” since yesterday; 41% below median snow water equivalent.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 2/33/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/24/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 2/104/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 4/91/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 1/22/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 11/30/Powder
Marine: It’s not a very good morning to cast off your mooring lines and venture out to sea. Steep waves are a little above 20 feet and the SW wind is raging at 30-40 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Gale Warning is in place until 10:00am, which will then be replaced by a Gale Watch for the next storm system tomorrow. Today, SW winds are forecast to ease by midday to 15-20 knots gusting 25, and seas subside to 17 feet, but they’ll be quite steep. Tonight, SW winds rising again to 20-25 knots gusting 35, combined seas 15 feet. Tomorrow, SW winds intensifying to 30 knots gusting 40; seas building to 18 feet. Outlook is for a westerly breeze of 20-25 knots gusting 30 on Wednesday and Wednesday night, with wave heights 16-18 feet. A switch to northerlies is predicted for late in the week, 15-25 knots and slowly subsiding seas, down to 10 feet by Friday.
On the Beach… Showers, windy, surf 14-15 feet (moderate).
02/17 Mon 01:27 PM 7.88 H
02/17 Mon 07:40 PM 0.88 L
02/18 Tue 02:06 AM 8.22 H
02/18 Tue 08:09 AM 1.82 L
In Short: Rain, breezy, another storm, then slowly drying out.