Tuesday, Feb. 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: We got to play outside for a while, but the teacher called us back in from recess early this morning. Yesterday, outdoor activities were possible if you didn’t mind hop-scotching around the showers. Temperatures hovered around 50F. The sun played hide-and-seek through much of the day after the high winds and overcast skies broke up around daybreak. The breeze couldn’t top 40 mph, and rainfall amounts were fairly light, though a heavy shower rolled through Waldport giving residents a quick drenching of half an inch. This morning, south winds are back up to mid-30s and steady rain has returned.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 53F/49F/0.09”/30 mph
Depoe Bay: 50F/46F/0.07”/37 mph
Newport: 50F/45F/0.12”/37 mph
Waldport: 51F/45F/0.47”/34 mph
Yachats: 50F/44F/0.02”/35 mph
Forecast: The last of the strongest storms in the current series is blasting into the Central Coast today. A High Wind Warning remains in effect through 4:00pm this afternoon for the Central Coast and Coast Range. South winds 35-45 mph with gusts of 65-70 mph near beaches and headlands. For our coastal communities, south winds 30-40 mph with gusts of 55-60 mph. The highest winds are expected late this morning through early this afternoon. Also, thunderstorms with bursts of heavy rain are possible after the wind passes, due to colder and very unstable air coming in behind the storm front. The thunderstorms may continue through tomorrow. Tonight, winds should be down to 15-20 mph gusting 30, and falling off further tomorrow. Rainfall in the next two days could reach 1-2 inches, especially in areas with the heaviest showers. For tomorrow, showers, high 45F, low of 40F, and wind gusts to 25 mph. Tomorrow night another, albeit much weaker, weather system arrives with southwest winds of 20-25 mph gusting 30 or better. Outlook is for a slow but steady drying trend through the latter part of the week – showers sluggishly trailing off, more breaks in the clouds, and temperatures of 40F-50F. Saturday could in fact be mostly sunny, but more showery weather returns by late Sunday.
Travel: Heavy rain and high winds could cause localized water-ponding and debris on any street, road or highway on the coast and in the Coast Range today. So keep an eye peeled and be prepared for possible delays. As of 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 were open and in the lower-40s with wet pavement. Highway 101 is okay through the Central Coast, but there’s high water in the travel lanes up at Tillamook, use caution. Valley destinations will have heavy rain, strong winds and temperatures near 50F today. In the Cascades, highways have packed snow and windy conditions. A Winter Weather Advisory is posted for up to two feet of new snow over the next couple of days. Chains or traction tires are required at Santiam Pass and Government Camp. The freezing level is 4,000 feet, dropping to 1,500 feet by tomorrow.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 102”, a gain of 13” since yesterday, or 63% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 2/33/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/24/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 3/109/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 17/103/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 1/22/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 2/30/Powder
Marine: Another barnburner is coming into local waters this morning. The breeze and seas are already rising; currently S winds are 25-30 knots and wave heights are 11 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Storm Warning is in effect through this afternoon. S winds intensifying to 30-35 knots gusting 45 this morning, veering SW 45 knots this afternoon, combined seas building to 14 feet. Tonight, W wind dropping to 20-25 knots and seas 13 feet. For tomorrow, lighter winds and higher seas are forecast. Westerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25, wind waves 5 feet with NW swells at 15 feet. Another blow is forecast for tomorrow night; SW wind rising to 25-30 knots gusting 35 and seas 14 feet. Outlook is for a slowly moderating trend late in the week and into the weekend. Westerly winds down to 15-25 knots, then veering northerly 5-15 knots by Friday. Seas subsiding slowly to 10 feet by late in the week.
On the Beach… Rain, high winds, surf 11-12 feet (moderate).
02/18 Tue 08:09 AM 1.82 L
02/18 Tue 02:08 PM 7.46 H
02/18 Tue 08:10 PM 1.34 L
02/19 Wed 02:37 AM 8.31 H
In Short: Rain, windy, then slowly moderating.