Friday, Feb. 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: After an overcast beginning yesterday, the Sun was able to burn off a good portion of the low-level marine cloud deck resulting in a darned nice afternoon. Cooling northwest winds blew 10-15 mph keeping high temperatures in the 50s, but few people were complaining. With a second minor weather disturbance in the forecast for overnight, the clouds returned around sunset and by midnight there was a little rain falling. Lincoln City received the heaviest precipitation. The wind veered back to easterly after midnight helping push any additional rain showers offshore. Low temps were in the 40s. This morning, it was mostly cloudy with a light east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/49F/0.07”
Depoe Bay: 57F/42F/0.03”
Forecast: We’ll have more time to experience today’s mix of sun, clouds, possible showers and light winds as we gain another 3 minutes of daylight, bringing us up to 10 hours 42 minutes. The mercury should top out around 55F this afternoon for Day 2 of the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival. Tonight, partly cloudy skies are expected along with slightly cooler temps, 40F or so. Tomorrow, for the Festival’s biggest day, expect mostly sunny skies, slowly rising east winds and highs of 55-60F. Outlook is for mostly clear conditions Saturday night and Sunday with blustery east winds gusting to 30 mph or higher. More sunshine Monday and Tuesday, highs 55-60F and fading east winds. Unsettled weather is probable from Wednesday on, with varying chances of rain.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly sunny, chance of showers with 55F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, mostly sunny skies and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers likely, moderate east winds, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; a chance of rain and snow showers, the snow level is at 4,000 feet, little or no accumulation expected. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is patchy fog, mostly clear and breezy with dry pavement; in the Cascades cold and windy with the snow level down to 3,500 feet tonight, 3,000 feet tomorrow, and at the surface Sunday, a chance of snow showers and patches of ice all weekend. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 31”, no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 2” in the past seven days; 87” 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”/0”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/47”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/cosmic tubing tonight
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/granular and hardpack
Timberline 0”/28”/low snow
Marine: Winds are NE 5-15 knots this morning with seas 4-5 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today, expect N winds 10-15 knots and seas 5 feet at 10 seconds. Stronger northerlies are projected for tonight and tomorrow, 10-15 knots gusting 20, with 5 foot swells and 3 foot windwaves. Outlook is for the breeze to veer NE and rise to 20-25 knots gusting 30 Saturday night through Sunday night with choppy seas 5-6 feet. Winds slowly abate Monday to NE 15-20 knots, and then down to N 10-15 knots on Tuesday, seas around 5 feet.
Notice to Mariners… In an effort for mariners to more easily identify bridges throughout the 13th Coast Guard District, including Oregon, information is being added to Light List Volume VI for bridges located in waterways covered by the Light List. For more information regarding the new USCG Bridge program go here.
On the Beach… Clouds and sun, light breeze, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/20 Fri 06:52 AM 0.99 L
02/20 Fri 12:58 PM 9.51 H
02/20 Fri 07:17 PM -0.59 L
02/21 Sat 01:43 AM 9.33 H
In Short: Mostly cloudy, chance of showers, light winds, then clearing and east windy.