Sunday, Feb. 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s Round 3 wasn’t quite as strong as the first two storms in the series, but there was a stiff breeze most of the day and an additional half inch of rain. Temperatures stayed in the 50s. Lincoln City received the most rain and its 52 mph gust topped the wind stats locally. The highest gusts in the region were 77 mph at Mary’s Peak, 65 mph on Cape Meares, and 58 mph at the Cape Blanco Coast Guard Station. The rain and wind fell off ‘round midnight and it was nearly calm overnight. Cloudy skies greeted early risers at daybreak, winds were light easterly and rain showers dotted the Central Coast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Storm Total Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/51F/52mph/0.87”/4.63”
Depoe Bay: 55F/50F/41mph/0.53”/5.24”
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for another round of gusty winds possible for coastal communities on Monday. A low pressure system will bring windy conditions to the Central Coast and Coast Range on Monday. Given that the storm system will likely be weakening as it approaches the region, confidence in the details is low. Nonetheless, 55-65 mph wind gusts certainly appear possible.
Forecast: It looks like we’ll get a short break today before Round 4 in the current bout of storms begins late tonight. Expect showers turning to rain by this afternoon, maybe a half inch, relatively light winds and highs in the upper-50s. There’s also a slight chance of thunderstorms. Tonight, the breeze increases to south-southeast 15-20 mph gusting 25 and another half inch of rain is predicted. Round 4 barrels in early tomorrow morning packing southwest winds of 40 mph gusting 55-60 with up to another inch of rain. And then, it’s over. Outlook is for light winds, showers and partial clearing on Tuesday, partly to mostly sunny Wednesday, cloudy with a slight chance of rain Thursday, mostly cloudy but dry Friday and Saturday. Continued unusually warm with highs of 55-60F and lows of 45-50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain developing, a chance of thunderstorms with highs 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting rain later, light winds and a high of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain developing, east winds gusting 25-30 mph, temps 55F. For the Cascades, there is wet pavement on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 35-40F; showers early, rain later, the snow level is at 6,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is rain with wet pavement through tonight; the Cascade highway passes should also remain just wet as the snow level hovers around 7,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 28”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 4” in the past seven days; 48” less than this date last year; 90% 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 5”/49”/packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/open for tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/27”/wet granular and packed
Timberline 0”/28”/wet packed
Marine: Conditions have settled down this morning with seas subsiding to 9 feet at 12 seconds and the breeze falling to SSE 5-15 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 36 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 32 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. A Gale Warning goes in effect from late tonight through Monday evening. Look for SE winds today and early tonight, 10-15 knots, and seas 10-12 feet at 12 seconds. The wind comes roaring back after midnight from the S 25-35 knots gusting 45 and rough seas return at 14-17 feet at 14 seconds. Tomorrow, southerlies continue blowing 30-35 knots gusting 45, but easing to SW 20-30 knots by afternoon; combined very steep seas 17 feet at 12 seconds are expected. Outlook is for SW winds 10-15 knots on Tuesday, seas 9 feet. A SE breeze is predicted for Wednesday and Thursday, 10-15 knots, with swells remaining 9-10 feet.
On the Beach… Rain, a little breeze, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/08 Sun 08:49 AM 2.42 L
02/08 Sun 02:40 PM 7.10 H
02/08 Sun 08:47 PM 1.57 L
02/09 Mon 03:21 AM 7.97 H
In Short: Calmer, rainy, stormy again, then slow drying and some clearing.