Friday, Feb. 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: The healing process began yesterday with much lighter winds below 20 mph, rain only around a tenth of an inch, and temperatures of 45-50F. The tail end of the last storm system got the heck out of Dodge and the onset of mellower weather was readily apparent. Overnight, the clouds thinned further with a peek-a-boo Moon, the breeze went calm and there wasn’t much in the way of precipitation. This morning, it remained dead calm and cloudy, and it felt like the door was open to improving conditions.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/46F/0.09”
Depoe Bay: 49F/43F/0.15”
Forecast: Respite / res’-putt / noun: a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant. And that sums up the current forecast. There’s an outside chance of showers yet today, but some sunbreaks, too, and a high of 50F, light north wind. Tonight for the rescheduled Daddy-Daughter dance in Lincoln City, cooler, low around 35F, patchy fog, light wind, and mostly cloudy skies. For tomorrow’s Big Day at the Seafood & Wine Festival in Newport, partly sunny, light wind with a high again near 50F, overnight low of 35F. Outlook is for mostly sunny and 55F on Sunday before the next front (see Weather Factoid below) arrives with rain Sunday evening into Monday. For the remainder of the week, unsettled weather with varying chances of rain, highs of 55F, lows of 45F, and light wind.
Travel: As of 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open and around 40F with wet pavement. Highway 101 has no hitches along the Central Coast. Valley destinations have a chance of showers today and temperatures near 45F. In the Cascades, highways have packed snow, with a few snow flurries. Carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 3,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers along the Central Coast, in the Coast Range and the Valley is mostly to partly cloudy, patchy fog and icy spots possible nights and mornings; snow flurries in the Cascades.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 128”, a gain of 10” since yesterday, or 76% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 1/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 12/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 2/117/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 11/121/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 12/45/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 7/141/Powder
Marine: Everything’s headed down. Seas are just below 10 feet this morning and winds have shifted to NE 8-10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels, and for uninspected passenger vessels 32 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. For the first time in quite a while, no advisories or warnings are posted and conditions at sea are forecast to be somewhat reasonable today. NE winds of 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas dropping to about 8 feet. Tonight and tomorrow, look for more of a summer-like pattern, with northerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25, wind waves 4 feet and a W swell of 6 feet. Winds veering NE and easing tomorrow night and Sunday, 10-15 knots, wave heights 4-6 feet. Outlook is for southerlies rising with an incoming front on Monday, 20-25 knots or higher, and seas of 5-7 feet. During the week ahead, weak to moderate fronts are expected to arrive about every other day, with seas on the rise above 10 feet beginning Wednesday.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, light wind, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
02/21 Fri 10:44 AM 1.39 L
02/21 Fri 04:59 PM 6.0 H
02/21 Fri 10:10 PM 2.96 L
02/22 Sat 04:45 AM 8.41 H
In Short: Partly to mostly clear, light winds, then back to rain.
Weather Factoid: What are weather ‘fronts’? Essentially, a front is the dividing line between air masses. This invisible partition represents a stark change in temperature or barometric pressure but typically both. On the Central Coast, there’s a recognizable pattern when a storm arrives. We commonly get the warm front first, bringing with it steady rain and increasing, though relatively stable, winds. The cold front arrives later, dropping temperatures, turning the rain to showers (or thundershowers), giving us sunbreaks and producing gusty winds.