Sunday, February 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: We were able to eke out one more fairly pleasant day with a mix of clouds and sunshine yesterday, mostly light winds and unseasonable mercury readings up around 60F. By evening, the clouds began thickening, albeit the waxing gibbous Moon was still visible until just after midnight. Overnight, the predicted rain started falling shortly before 2:00am with amounts along the Central Coast near a tenth of an inch. Low temps were in the mid-40s. At daybreak, there was light rain and a hint of east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/45F/0.13”
Depoe Bay: 63F/43F/0.09”
Forecast: Guilt-trips should be at a minimum today as cloudy and relatively soupy conditions make spending all day inside glued to the Game a rational behavior. If you do venture outside, you’ll face mostly cloudy skies, light-to-moderate rainfall, very little wind and highs in the mid-50s. The rain may fade during parts of the day, but returns tonight, maybe a bit heavier, and lows stop at 50F or so. Stormier weather is coming ashore tomorrow as the breeze ramps up to southwest 15-20 mph gusting to 30 and precipitation totals could reach half an inch. Outlook is for rain Tuesday, a chance of showers Wednesday, rain likely Thursday and seasonally stormy into the weekend.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain, windy later, highs 45-55F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, rain and a high of 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for possible freezing rain and areas of ice early, then warm rain, east winds gusting 25-30 mph, temps near 45F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette Pass this morning, bare pavement elsewhere; a chance of rain and snow with any snowfall occurring just above the passes at 5,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is rain with mainly wet pavement through tonight; the Cascades snow level is projected to remain above the passes at 5,000 feet with 2-7 inches of snow higher-up tonight.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 3” in the past seven days; 35” less than this date last year; 86% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/18”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/42”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/3”/tubing and west rope tow
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/loose frozen granular
Timberline 0”/28”/wet packed
Marine: Seas are rounded 4 footers at 13 seconds and the breeze is SE 5-10 knots this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Winds becoming SW 10-15 knots gusting 20 today with seas 4 feet at 13 seconds and 3 foot windwaves. S wind tonight, 5-10 knots early, and then rising to 10-15 knots gusting 20 after midnight and the swell building to 8 feet. A stronger blow is expected tomorrow; sou’westers 20-25 knots gusting 30 with a 9 foot swell and 5 foot chop on top. Outlook is for light winds Tuesday, SE 5 knots, and swells around 8 feet. On Wednesday, SE winds 15-20 knots, seas 7 feet. Gales are predicted for Thursday and possibly Friday with S winds 30-35 knots and combined rough seas of 20 feet.
On the Beach… Light rain, light breeze, surf 5-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/01 Sun 10:09 AM 8.97 H
02/01 Sun 05:05 PM -0.17 L
02/01 Sun 11:45 PM 7.32 H
02/02 Mon 04:54 AM 3.28 L
In Short: Cloudy, rain, light winds, then wet and becoming windy.