Sunday, Feb. 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: Did your weekend honey-do list include ‘yard work’? Then, yesterday was a good time to begrudgingly move it up a notch or two. Clear as a bell most of the day, highs in the low-50s and a light breeze led to the evaporation of potential excuses for avoiding outdoor projects. East winds were less than 20 mph, and there was no measureable precipitation. Skies remained clear overnight, winds were light and temperatures dipped to the mid-30s inducing frosty cars and rooftops. By daybreak, the barometer was falling and high clouds began filtering in from the northwest.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 53F/38F
Depoe Bay: 49F/35F
Forecast: The weather’s rain-dial is being slowly turned up to medium. But, it looks like Seafood & Winers will just miss the next round of precipitation which is predicted to reach the Central Coast late this afternoon, probably after the tents close. High today in the mid-50s, light winds, and increasing clouds. It appears there’ll be a decent shot of rain tonight, up to a half inch, south winds 10-20 mph gusting 30, and a low of 45F. Tomorrow, the rain eventually turns to showers, high again 55F, and a south wind of 10 mph or so. Outlook is for a dry Tuesday with sunbreaks; our high temp might hit 60F. But, it’s back to rain on Wednesday, showers Thursday and Friday, and then rain is likely next weekend. Highs through the period in the mid-50s, lows in the mid-40s, light to moderate wind.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 were open but below freezing with spots of ice. Slippery patches could last through mid-morning in shaded areas before temperatures warm to around 50F today. Expect heavier than normal eastbound traffic this afternoon on the Coast Range highways as visitors head home. Highway 101 along the Central Coast may have frosty and icy areas this morning. Valley destinations have patchy fog and icy spots early today, but will be warming into the 50s. In the Cascades, highways have icy spots. Carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 5,000 feet. Outlook for the Central Coast, Coast Range and the Valley is rain and wet pavement by this evening; 3-6 inches of snow is forecast for the Cascades tonight.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 121”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 75% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/113/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 0/115/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/45/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/137/Packed Powder
Marine: E winds 5-10 knots and seas down to 4-5 feet this morning may provide a short-lived weather window to venture offshore, but changes are coming later today. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory goes into effect this afternoon through tonight for S winds increasing to 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 5 feet with wind waves 3 feet. A stiffer breeze is forecast for later tonight, S 20-25 with isolated gusts to 30, seas around 4 feet. For tomorrow, expect winds to back to SE and fall to 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas staying up around 4 feet. Outlook is for southerlies through the week, 10-15 knots gusting 20, wave heights rising to 8-10 feet by mid-week.
On the Beach… Becoming cloudy, light wind, surf 3-4 feet (low).
02/23 Sun 01:05 PM 0.77 L
02/23 Sun 07:47 PM 5.96 H
02/24 Mon 12:31 AM 3.58 L
02/24 Mon 06:55 AM 8.59 H
In Short: Increasing clouds, rain, moderate winds, then unsettled.