Thursday, Feb. 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: Wearing sunglasses with your car’s windshield wipers on; ya gotta love Central Coast weather. Alternating sun, clouds and showers yesterday kept us running back to the closet for a wardrobe change every half hour. Winds were comparatively light (given our recent weather history) at 25-30 mph with a few gusts near 35, with most of that coming overnight. Rainfall totals remained under a quarter of an inch. There wasn’t much movement on the thermometer as highs and lows were mainly between 45F and 50F. It was raining steadily early this morning, and southwest winds were less than 25 mph. Despite the gloomy weather, the days are getting longer. Today, we’ll gain exactly 3 minutes of daylight over yesterday.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/45F/0.13”
Depoe Bay: 48F/43F/0.05”
Forecast: The folks at the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival apparently prepaid their penance last weekend when the big storm shredded the tents. Their reward this coming weekend for the festival’s biggest days will be mostly sunny skies and light winds. But first, there’s rain today and a good chance of showers tonight making it a little drippy for the festival opening. High today about 50F, and tonight’s low down to 40F; winds going calm overnight. Tomorrow, we get a bonus TGIF with a mix of clouds and sunshine after patchy morning fog, light north wind and a high in the upper-40s. Outlook for the weekend is mostly sunny and warmer days, patchy fog, and cooler nights; highs in the mid-50s, lows in the mid-30s. Enjoy it while you can. The long term forecast shows a return to wet weather next week, though nothing in the wind and rain department as severe as this past week.
Travel: As of 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and in the low-40s with wet pavement and rainy/breezy conditions forecast today. Highway 101 has no hitches along the Central Coast. Valley destinations will have rain most of the day and temperatures near 45F. In the Cascades, highways have snow and packed snow. A Winter Weather Advisory is posted for 6-12 inches of new snow today. Chains or traction tires are required at Santiam Pass and Government Camp. The freezing level is 3,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 118”, a gain of 8” since yesterday, or 72% of normal. Weekly snow total, +41”; difference from last year, +18”; deviation from 30 year average, -6”.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 9/33/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/117/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 17/121/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 7/39/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 13/30/Powder
Marine: The latest storm system is keeping seas relatively high, 12-13 feet this morning, along with W winds of 15-25 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay Bar is restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for seas 14-15 feet remains in effect through late tonight. Wind waves on the swell could reach 6 feet today, so it’ll be plenty lumpy. SW winds veering NW and easing this afternoon to 10-15 knots. Tonight, winds go NE 5-10 knots, seas subsiding to 10 feet. Tomorrow, a NE breeze of 5-10 knots and seas around 8 feet. Outlook for the weekend is northerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20, and wave heights about 6 feet. The next frontal system is expected Monday, but it certainly doesn’t look like the slammers that bombarded us this week.
On the Beach… Rain, light wind, surf 11-13 feet (moderate).
02/20 Thu 09:45 AM 1.54 L
02/20 Thu 03:50 PM 6.44 H
02/20 Thu 09:22 PM 2.43 L
02/21 Fri 03:54 AM 8.40 H
In Short: Rain, diminishing winds, then drying, cooler and clearing.