Thursday, Feb. 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday was pretty much a rubber stamp version of Tuesday as thin overcast veiled the sunshine, albeit there were a few blue-breaks that incited clearly defined shadows. Winds were light and variable; the thermometer rose to the upper-50s. Skies cleared after sunset and except for some patchy fog, the cosmos was visible overnight. It was a tad chillier as lows dipped to the low-40s. This morning, partly cloudy skies, heavy dew and patchy fog were accompanied by a light east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 59F/46F
Depoe Bay: 59F/41F
Forecast: It appears we’re back in the groove of the new normal for this Winter. Mostly sunny skies, light east winds and highs around 60F are on tap today. Patchy fog is expected tonight, otherwise partly cloudy with a low around 50F. Tomorrow, there might be a few more clouds as a minor weather disturbance delivers a glancing blow, but still warmer than average for this time of year, high 60F. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of drizzle tomorrow night, back to partly sunny on Saturday and then mostly clear through Wednesday. Temps 45-60F throughout the long term.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog and partly sunny with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog, mostly cloudy and a high of 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, 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 free air freezing level is at 11,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 34”, no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 1” in the past seven days; 51” 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”/48”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/31”/packed and hardpack
Timberline 0”/28”/low snow conditions
Marine: Winds are light SE 5-10 knots this morning, but seas are still an issue, 9 feet at 16 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 24 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through this evening. Mixed swells are expected to build today; one set is projected to run 11-12 feet and the other at 7 feet so even with long periods of 16-17 seconds, it’ll be a little rough as these waves pyramid through the day. S winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 will add 3 foot windwaves into the blend, too. Things settle down tonight as the swells combine and drop to 9 feet at 14 seconds, and the wind eases to SE 5-10 knots gusting 15. Tomorrow, look for light E winds 5 knots veering W in the afternoon with the swell subsiding to 8 feet. Outlook for the weekend is N winds 10-20 knots and swells 6-7 feet with 3-5 foot windwaves. Light nor’easters on Monday, 10-15 knots, with the swell subsiding to 3 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
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02/12 Thu 12:42 PM 1.69 L
02/12 Thu 07:07 PM 5.58 H
02/12 Thu 11:49 PM 3.59 L
02/13 Fri 06:27 AM 8.21 H
In Short: Partly cloudy, light winds, chance of drizzle, then mainly dry, warm and mostly clear.