Saturday, Feb. 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: Round 2 of the current bout of storms came in on projections yesterday with buckets of rain and fairly stiff winds. The heaviest rain fell from late morning through the early afternoon when a brief flood advisory was issued. Precipitation was about 2”, bringing the storm total up to around 4-5” so far on the Central Coast. A few sunbreaks appeared before the cloud cover filled in again by late afternoon. Light rain and light winds dominated the evening before Round 3 made landfall at 2:00am this morning. At daybreak it was raining on and off and southerly winds were gusting to near 50 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Storm Total Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/55F/48mph/1.57”/3.76”
Depoe Bay: 56F/52F/38mph/2.16”/4.71”
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for gusty winds along the Central Coast today. A low pressure system moving south to north off Oregon and Washington will produce south winds of 30-40 mph with gusts up to 55 mph for the beaches and headlands. There may be locally higher gusts up to 60 mph. Gusty winds are expected this morning as the low passes by and this afternoon as higher pressure fills in behind the low. The winds may break branches off of trees, knock over loose objects and result in difficult driving conditions.
Forecast: Round 3 is underway with windy conditions and more rain expected through much of today. Though the breeze is just below high wind warning criteria, southerly gusts of 55 mph are still possible on the beaches and headlands. New rainfall amounts of around half an inch are projected, but we could also see a few sunbreaks as the breeze and precipitation subside. Another, relatively weaker wave of rain and wind is coming tonight followed by a brief break tomorrow. Outlook is for Round 4 to barge in tomorrow night, lasting through Monday. South winds 35-40 mph gusting near 60 are predicted along with an additional shot of rain. Showers and partly sunny conditions are in the cards for Tuesday, mostly sunny on Wednesday, a chance of rain Thursday and sunshine again Friday. Above average temperatures continue between 45F and 60F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rainy and windy with highs 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting rain, gusty winds and a high of 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, west winds gusting 25 mph, temps 50-55F. For the Cascades, there is wet pavement on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 35-40F; rainy and breezy, the snow level is at 6,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is rainy and windy with wet pavement through Sunday night; the Cascade highway passes should also remain just wet as the snow level is expected to stay up between 5,500 and 7,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 29”, a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 3” in the past seven days; 41” less than this date last year; 89% 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”/3”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 8”/48”/fresh wet powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/cosmic tubing tonight
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/27”/wet granular and packed
Timberline 0”/28”/wet packed
Marine: Winds are southerly 30-35 knots this morning and sea remain rough, 13 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Gale Warning remains in effect through this evening for S winds 30-35 knots gusting 45 and combined seas 17-20 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, look for S winds 20-25 knots gusting 35 and combined seas subsiding to 11-13 feet at 12 seconds. A short breather is predicted for tomorrow as southerlies fall to 15-20 knots with swells 12-14 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for the last storm in the current series to arrive in local waters late Sunday into Monday; S winds rising to 35-45 knots producing rough combined seas of 20-23 feet. A light northerly, 10-15 knots, is projected for Tuesday with swells dropping to 10 feet. Expect SE wind on Wednesday, 10-15 knots, and swells holding at 10 feet.
On the Beach… Rainy and windy, surf 15-18 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during this afternoon’s high tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
02/07 Sat 08:07 AM 2.48 L
02/07 Sat 01:58 PM 7.63 H
02/07 Sat 08:16 PM 1.05 L
02/08 Sun 02:49 AM 7.96 H
In Short: Stormy, then slow drying and some clearing.