Friday, Feb. 13th – Lincoln County
Summary: A reader has suggested a simple but highly descriptive term for days like the last few, the ones with filtered sunshine, light winds and mild temperatures. Soft; and yesterday was indeed another soft day. As much as a glancing disturbance tried to harden the weather with passing high clouds, the soft sunshine prevailed and high temps climbed to around 60F; Depoe Bay hit 63F for the warmest spot locally. Winds were calm to very light easterly. Skies stayed mainly clear throughout the evening and overnight with lows dipping into the 40s. At daybreak, a few clouds had nudged their way in from offshore and the wind was calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/47F
Depoe Bay: 63F/41F
Forecast: It looks like another soft one is in the offing for today with partly sunny skies early, increasing clouds later and highs around 60F. We do have a 50-50 chance of some light rain tonight along with patchy fog and lows of 45-50F. Partly sunny tomorrow, light north winds and the mercury is expected to recover to 60F or so. Outlook is for mostly clear skies Sunday through Wednesday, some east wind at times and continued unseasonably warm with highs 60-65F and lows 45-50F. Confusion reigns for late in the week with possible increasing clouds and maybe some light precipitation, but no big storms are on tap.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog and partly sunny with 55-60F. Valley destinations are under a Dense Fog Advisory this morning, mostly cloudy and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, east winds gusting 25 mph, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice at the passes this morning, temperatures are 30-40F; partly cloudy, the free air freezing level is at 11,000 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers at the lower elevations is a chance of rain tonight, then dry pavement with areas of fog nights and mornings, partly to mostly clear in the afternoons through Monday. In the Cascades, a chance of showers tonight with the snow level above the passes at 6,500 feet, then clear and warm with the freezing level above 10,000 feet through Monday night.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 33”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 2” in the past seven days; 47” 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”/cosmic tubing tonight
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/31”/frozen granular and hardpack
Timberline 0”/28”/wet packed
Marine: Winds are light from the SE this morning at 5-10 knots and seas have fallen to 7-8 feet at 14 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The breeze veers to W 5-10 knots today and seas should be about 8 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow expect Summer-like conditions with NW winds, 10-15 knots gusting 20, 7 foot seas at 12 seconds and 3 foot windwaves. Outlook is for NE winds 20-25 knots developing on Sunday with choppy 5 foot combined seas. By Monday, the nor’easter should ease to about 15-20 knots, seas 4 feet, and on Tuesday, E winds 10-15 knots with the swell around 5 feet.
On the Beach… Partly sunny, light breeze, surf 6-8 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/13 Fri 06:27 AM 8.21 H
02/13 Fri 01:48 PM 1.15 L
02/13 Fri 08:28 PM 5.85 H
02/14 Sat 01:04 AM 3.74 L
In Short: Increasing clouds, chance of rain, light winds, then dry, warm and mostly clear.