Monday, Feb. 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: We got to spend a little time in our corner between rounds yesterday, dressing our wounds and catching our breath. It was a little breezy at times and we had about half an inch of rain, but we didn’t get knocked out by a real haymaker. The mercury stayed in the upper-50s. Winds fell nearly calm in the evening and for much of the overnight period; lows were around 50F, still abnormally warm for February. The bell rang for Round 4 in the storm bout just before 4:00am this morning when the wind and rain returned. At daybreak, it was becoming quite breezy with moderate rainfall.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Storm Total Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/52F/42mph/0.42”/5.05”
Depoe Bay: 56F/50F/51mph/0.43”/5.67”
A High Wind Warning was issued by the National Weather Service at 7:55am this morning for the Central Coast. Expect south winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph, strongest on beaches and headlands. The warning is in effect until 4:00pm this afternoon.
Forecast: Round 4, which earlier this morning looked like it wouldn’t pack quite the punch of previous rounds, came ashore a little south of the Central Coast, but still brought strong winds. Gusts of 60-65 mph are possible, especially from Newport south to the Waldport and Yachats area, and 50-55 mph elsewhere. Look for about half an inch of rain and the thermometer climbing to 55F or so. A good chance of showers continues tonight with west winds 20-30 mph and low temps 45-50F. Tomorrow, the bout of storms ends when we’re down to a slight chance of showers, partly sunny skies, light winds and highs of 55F. Outlook is for partly sunny and warm on Wednesday, high around 60F, mostly cloudy Thursday, some sun again on Friday, chance of showers Saturday, and then mostly sunny Sunday. Expect highs of 60F and lows near 50F through the extended period.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers and breezy with 50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, windy and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, possibly heavy, light east winds, temps 50F. For the Cascades, there is wet pavement on the highway passes this morning, it’s raining with temperatures around 40F; showers and breezy, the snow level is at 6,500 feet. NOTE: The snow level will be down near the passes at 4,500 feet tonight with 5-9 inches of snow expected. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 28”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 4” in the past seven days; 53” less than this date last year; 91% 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 2”/48”/packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/26”/soft and packed mix
Timberline 0”/28”/wet packed
Marine: Another fairly strong blow is underway this morning with S winds 20-35 knots gusting 40 and rough seas 11-12 feet at 10 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is unrestricted. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Gale Warning is in effect through this afternoon for southerly winds 25-30 knots gusting 35-40 and combined rough seas building to 13-17 feet at 12 seconds. The breeze veers to W 20-25 knots this evening, easing to 15-20 knots overnight with the swell subsiding to 12 feet at 11 seconds. For tomorrow, SW winds 10-15 knots dropping to 10 knots and seas falling from 10 to 7 feet. Outlook is for SE winds 10 knots on Wednesday with the swell around 6 feet. Thursday and Friday, look for S winds 10-15 knots and seas rebuilding to 8-10 feet.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 12-15 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.
02/09 Mon 09:36 AM 2.35 L
02/09 Mon 03:27 PM 6.55 H
02/09 Mon 09:20 PM 2.13 L
02/10 Tue 03:57 AM 7.96 H
In Short: Rainy and windy, then drying and partial clearing.