Friday, Feb. 28th – Lincoln County
Summary: Hope you captured a sunset selfie on your smartphone last evening, as a photographically ideal combination of sun and clouds ended our day. Thursday started out with steady rain in the morning which faded to showers by noonish. Highs were about 55F and lows around 45F. On and off east winds blew 15-25 mph when they were on, with peak gusts of 30 mph recorded at Lincoln City and Yachats. Lincoln City also had the most rain. A couple more light rain showers took us into dark, followed by variable cloudiness overnight. This morning, there was a decent sunrise, a few clouds around, and brisk east winds.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/47F/0.31”
Depoe Bay: 55F/44F/0.11”
Forecast: March may indeed come in like a lion. Today begins with a mix of sun and clouds for the grand opening of the Family Promise Thrift Store in Lincoln City, but the overcast is forecast to thicken sometime this afternoon. There is a slight chance of rain and highs near 60F. Tonight, an increasing chance of rain, light winds and a low of 45F. To start your weekend tomorrow, rain is likely with up to a quarter of an inch, high about 50F and light south winds. Outlook is for rain again on Sunday followed by a stronger storm roaring in Sunday night with southerly winds 35 mph or higher and up to a half inch of rain. Unsettled wet and windy weather is predicted for the first full week of March.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open with dry pavement, areas of fog and temperatures around 40F warming to 55F today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays. Valley destinations are dry and foggy this morning with forecast highs near 60F. In the Cascades, highways are right at freezing with spots of ice. Carry chains or traction tires. The snow level is near the passes at 5,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for wet and breezy conditions on the Coast Range highways and in the Valley. Traversing the Cascades could be hazardous beginning tonight with snow, freezing rain and sleet expected. The freezing level is dropping below the passes to 3,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 105”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 72% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/105/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 0/103/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/45/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/123/Powder
Marine: Nothing serious on the ocean this morning as winds are NE 10-15 knots and seas are holding at 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. There could be a few NE gusts to 20 knots today, seas 5-6 feet. Tonight, N wind 5-10 knots backing to NW after midnight with gusts to 15, mixed swell at 5 feet. Tomorrow, westerlies 5-10 knots gusting 15, seas 7 feet. Outlook is for the beginning of a changeover to a southerly flow on Sunday with a SW breeze 15-20 knots by afternoon, seas 6 feet with a 4 foot chop on top. Sunday night, a near-gale is expected bringing S winds 20-25 knots gusting 35, combined seas rising to 11 feet. Monday and Tuesday, S to SW winds 20-25 knots, combined seas running 12-15 feet. Additional systems are forecast to arrive every other day or so through the week ahead.
On the Beach… Partly sunny, light wind, surf 4-5 feet (low).
02/28 Fri 11:03 AM 9.57 H
02/28 Fri 05:34 PM -0.89 L
03/01 Sat 12:00 AM 8.74 H
03/01 Sat 05:48 AM 1.02 L
In Short: Becoming cloudy, rain, then stormy.