Wednesday, Feb. 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: Hardened by a week of intense storms, everybody on the Central Coast just seemed to go about their business yesterday during the strong winds and driving rain. The highest gusts from our most recent storm came between 8:00am and 1:00pm, and were at predicted levels, with Lincoln City again garnering the blue ribbon. Rainfall amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch were low enough that the area’s storm-water drains were generally able to keep up. Some rather intense showers drifted through during the late afternoon and overnight. The mercury spent most of its time between 45F and 50F. This morning, a mix of clouds and clearing permitted a waning gibbous Moon, with Mars hovering close by, to make an appearance in the southwestern sky.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 52F/45F/0.81”/65 mph
Depoe Bay: 50F/41F/0.49”/46 mph
Newport: 52F/39F/0.62”/49 mph
Waldport: 52F/44F/0.74”/59 mph
Yachats: 51F/43F/0.79”/56 mph
Forecast: We’re going up the last peak on this week’s rollercoaster ride, and are expected to make the final plunge tonight as another, though much weaker, storm comes in. For today, a mix of sun, clouds, showers, possible thunderstorms (maybe with hail) and a west-southwest breeze 15-20 mph gusting 25. Then tonight look for the next front to arrive with rain and southwest winds of 20-25 mph gusting 35 or so. Tomorrow, rain turning to showers and fading wind; high temps around 50F, lows of 45F. Outlook is for patchy fog, sun and clouds, and light north winds on Friday. Saturday and Sunday, it should be partly to mostly sunny, highs nearing the mid-50s, lows in the upper-30s. Back to a chance of rain early next week, but no serious storms are on the horizon.
Travel: As of 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and in the mid-30s with wet pavement and some icy spots. Highway 101 has no problems through the Central Coast area. Valley destinations will have showers with a chance of thunderstorms today and temperatures near 45F. In the Cascades, highways have packed snow and snow showers. A Winter Weather Advisory is posted for up to a foot 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 2,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 110”, a gain of 8” since yesterday, or 66% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 10/33/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 5/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 4/115/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 13/112/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 2/22/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 13/30/Powder
Marine: No joy yet for the commercial fishing fleet and other mariners as seas remain fairly high at 14 feet, and WNW winds are 15-20 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar has not reported in. A Small Craft Advisory for seas 12-15 feet is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. And, a Small Craft Advisory for SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 is in effect from this evening through tomorrow morning. There’s a little but not much of a break today as the breeze should remain below 20 knots with wave heights holding at 14 feet. However, unstable air over local waters could produce thunderstorms. Tonight, another system passes through bringing the SW winds up to just below gale force, before they diminish tomorrow; by midday Thursday we’re down to W wind 10 knots, but seas still up around 12 feet. Outlook is for increasingly better conditions through late in the week and into the weekend. Breeze and seas subside during the period in a northerly flow; winds N 5-15 knots and wave heights below 10 feet by Friday.
On the Beach… Showers and sun, modest wind, surf 12-14 feet (moderate).
02/19 Wed 08:54 AM 1.67 L
02/19 Wed 02:55 PM 6.97 H
02/19 Wed 08:44 PM 1.87 L
02/20 Thu 03:13 AM 8.37 H
In Short: Showers, rain, windy, then gradual drying.