Sunday, Mar. 2nd – Lincoln County
Summary: The Rain Train slowly chugged into the station with very light precipitation most of yesterday, but it picked up speed overnight. Rain gauges have generally measured a little over a tenth of an inch. High and low temperatures floated near the 50F mark, and south winds were 15-20 mph with peak gusts so far of 24 at Newport and Lincoln City. Most of that breeze developed just before daybreak. The rain turned from light to moderate commensurate with the increasing winds as a weather front arrived on the Central Coast this morning.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/50F/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 50F/48F/0.17”
Monthly Climate Summary* – February 2014…
Temperature: High 64F on the 15th, Low 20F on the 8th
Precipitation: 7.40” (7.19” is normal)
Snow Days: 4, Freezing Rain Days: 1
Wind: Highest Speed 43 mph on the 12th, Highest Gust 64 mph on the 12th
Sky Days: Clear 4, Partly Cloudy 7, Cloudy 17
*Information based on closest NOAA/NWS Climate Station in Astoria.
Forecast: If there’s any light at the end of the train tunnel, it is way off. Today, periods of rain with up to a half inch accumulation and southerly winds 20-30 mph gusting as high as 40, temp about 50F. Rain and wind are expected to decrease a little overnight, but not much, with a low around 50F. Tomorrow, continued breezy and up to another quarter inch of rain with temperatures steady around 50F. Outlook is for wet, mild and windy for the next few days. There is some light in the distance with a dry period and sunbreaks possible by Friday.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open with wet pavement, rain and temperatures in the upper-30s warming to 50F today, and becoming windy. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays. Valley destinations will be wet* today with rain and forecast highs of 45-50F. *Portland is under a Freezing Rain Advisory until 10:00am this morning. In the Cascades, travel will be hazardous today with freezing rain on the highway passes and 3-6 inches of snow possible. A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect until 4:00pm this afternoon. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is for wet and breezy conditions on the Coast Range highways and in the Valley. Traversing the Cascades will remain perilous tonight and tomorrow with more snow near the highway passes. The freezing level stays near pass level at 4,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 105”, a gain of 2” 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 5/107/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 0/103/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/45/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 1/124/Powder
Marine: Seas are up to 7 feet and winds are S at 15-20 knots this morning as a prelude to the stormy day/week ahead. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Gale Warning goes into effect at 1:00pm this afternoon through late tonight for S winds rising to 25-30 knots gusting 35, combined seas building to 10 feet. Tonight, the breeze eases slightly to 20-25 knots gusting 30 with combined seas at 12 feet. For tomorrow, southerlies decrease to 15-20 knots by afternoon and wave heights fall to around 9 feet. Outlook is for S winds 15-20 knots on Tuesday, seas 10 feet. Another storm system arrives Wednesday into Thursday packing S winds 25-30 knots with seas 12-15 feet, possibly reaching 18 feet.
On the Beach… Rain, windy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
03/02 Sun 12:46 PM 9.12 H
03/02 Sun 06:57 PM -0.17 L
03/03 Mon 01:18 AM 9.27 H
03/03 Mon 07:27 AM 0.33 L
In Short: Rainy, windy, then rainy and windy.