Wednesday, Feb. 11th – Lincoln County
Summary: Okay, we’ll take it. After the recent drawn-out storm series, yesterday’s fuzzy shadows, filtered sunshine and light winds will go down in the books as a nice day. There was a smidgeon of precipitation early in the morning as the last of the showers passed by, but it has been dry since. The thermometer climbed to the mid-50s. Skies were fair to mostly cloudy during the evening and overnight, lows dipped to 45-50F, and the Moon occasionally peered at us through holes in the thin overcast. At daybreak, it was mostly cloudy with a hint of east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/49F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 55F/46F/0.03”
Newport: 54F/43F/<0.01” Waldport: 56F/44F/<0.01” Yachats: 56F/50F/0.01” [caption id="attachment_133136" align="aligncenter" width="975"] Click ad for details[/caption]
Forecast: Mellow and unseasonably warm conditions are expected throughout the long term. Look for more fuzzy shadows and some hazy sunshine today, light east wind and highs around 60F. Tonight, about the time the Moon reaches Last Quarter at 7:50pm, fog is predicted to develop under a high overcast with the thermometer coasting down to 50F or so. Areas of fog kick-start tomorrow before it gradually becomes sunny and highs top out at 60F or a little above. Outlook is for partly sunny on Friday, a slight chance of some drizzle Friday night, partly sunny Saturday, and then mostly clear Sunday through Tuesday with continued above average temperatures of 45-60F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog and partly sunny with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, mostly cloudy and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for patchy fog, mostly sunny, light east winds, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice at Willamette and Santiam Passes this morning, bare pavement at Government Camp, temperatures are 30-40F; partly cloudy, the freezing level is at 7,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 34”, a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 1” in the past seven days; 45” 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 0”/49”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/dense packed
Timberline 0”/28”/packed powder
Marine: It’s mild this morning with light ESE winds 5-10 knots and seas down to 4-5 feet at 13 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow afternoon. Light SE winds becoming S 10-15 knots this afternoon with swells about 6 feet but building to 10 feet by evening. Tonight, expect southerlies 10-15 knots and a long-period 10 foot swell at 17 seconds. A minor weather disturbance comes through local waters tomorrow with southerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20, 3 foot windwaves and swells near 11 feet. Outlook is for light NE winds on Friday, 5 knots, backing to NW in the afternoon, with swells 8 feet at 13 seconds. The weekend will feature Summer-like ocean conditions with N winds 15-20 knots, 4 foot windwaves and swells 6-8 feet.
On the Beach… Partly sunny, light breeze, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
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02/11 Wed 11:33 AM 2.05 L
02/11 Wed 05:40 PM 5.65 H
02/11 Wed 10:46 PM 3.21 L
02/12 Thu 05:29 AM 8.05 H
In Short: Partial clearing, light winds, foggy at times, then dry and partly cloudy.