Wednesday, Feb. 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: The bees are back in town, along with myriad blooming plants and an increasing pollen count. In fact yesterday The Weather Channel, which tracks such things, issued a High Pollen Alert for the Central Coast (gesundheit!). The ample sunshine and a high around 60F helped the early bloomers, like crocuses, open wide. Brisk east winds put a bit of a chill on things, though, blowing in the early part of the day 20-25 mph, with a peak gust of 38 at Yachats. No precipitation was recorded. At daybreak, clouds from an approaching weather system covered the sky, east winds were around 20 mph, and temps remained mild at 45F or so.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/46F
Depoe Bay: 59F/43F
Forecast: Alright sun-seekers, you had your day, now it’s the pluviophiles’ turn. Overcast skies are the run-up to today’s rainfall, which is expected to begin easing its way in as the day progresses. Unlike the storms earlier this month, this weather system is sort of sleepy. Light rain today, high of 55F, east winds 10-15 gusting 20 mph. Increasing rain tonight, light winds and a low of 45F. More rain tomorrow, turning to showers by afternoon, high again in the low-50s. Outlook is for a mostly dry Friday, a 50-50 chance of rain over the weekend, and an unsettled showery pattern for the early part of next week. Cooler by the weekend with highs of 50F, lows around 40F.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open with dry pavement and temperatures around 40F warming to 55F today; rain by this afternoon. Utility work (repairing power lines damaged by the recent storms) has Highway 20 down to one lane with flaggers occasionally, a few miles west of Eddyville. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays. Valley destinations have dry pavement this morning, but rain is expected later today with forecast highs in the 50s. In the Cascades, highways are well below freezing with icy spots, rain this afternoon, snow tomorrow. Carry chains or traction tires. The snow level today is above the passes at 6,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 110”, a loss of 3” since yesterday, or 73% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/107/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 0/109/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/45/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/126/Packed Powder
Marine: As anticipated, seas are building and have hit 8 feet this morning. Winds are from the SE 10-15 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from 10:00am through this evening. Wave heights 11-13 feet are predicted for today, with SE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20. Elevated seas, around 11 feet, continue overnight before subsiding to 7 feet tomorrow; the SE breeze drops Thursday to 5-10 knots gusting 15. Outlook is for variable winds 5-10 knots and seas 5-7 feet from Friday through the weekend. The only fly in the ointment is the passage of a cold front and its accompanying minor blow on Friday night when N winds ramp up to 15-20 knots for a few hours. A storm is shaping up for early next week, but details are sketchy at this point.
On the Beach… Cloudy, rain, light wind, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
02/26 Wed 09:09 AM 9.19 H
02/26 Wed 04:03 PM -0.67 L
02/26 Wed 10:37 PM 7.64 H
02/27 Thu 04:02 AM 2.3 L
In Short: Rain, light winds, then continued unsettled.