Saturday, Feb. 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: Sun and clouds yesterday, north winds 15-20 mph, highs in the mid-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 56F/45F
Depoe Bay: 56F/38F
Advisory: A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for very windy and unusually dry conditions over Northwest Oregon. Rather strong east to northeast winds will develop tonight and continue into Monday. The winds will increase late Saturday and reach their peak late Saturday night through Sunday night, then decrease Monday.
Wind gusts will likely reach 40-50 mph and could reach 60 mph in exposed areas of the Cascades, the higher elevations of the Coast Range and the western Columbia River Gorge. Wind gusts will likely reach 30-40 mph in the Portland and Vancouver areas, on parts of the coast and the length of the Willamette Valley.
While leaves have been off trees for quite some time, and previous wind storms have felled many of the weaker trees in the area, these winds could affect power in a few areas. The winds could also make travel difficult for high profile vehicles such as trucks and for vehicles pulling trailers especially when exposed while crossing bridges.
Additionally, very dry conditions will develop as the winds quickly dry out the vegetation and negate any rains which fell over the last couple of days. The combination of gusty east winds and dry vegetation could result in rapidly spreading wildfires given a receptive fuel bed. Leaf and needle litter would be particularly susceptible, plus grasses and small shrubs that have not begun to green up from winter dormancy. Therefore, open burning of any kind is not advised until after winds decrease later on Monday. Check with your local fire agency for guidance on slash and debris burning.
Forecast: Fortunately for the many thousands attending the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival’s biggest day, the expected strong east winds will probably hold off until the tents close this evening. Look for high temperatures of 55-60F and mostly sunny skies today with moderate northeast winds developing. Tonight, the blow begins in earnest with easterlies ramping up to 20 mph gusting 35-40, and the mercury falling to 40F or a smidge lower. There’ll be flapping tents at the Festival tomorrow as the blustery east winds continue gusting to 30-40 mph, but it should be sunny with highs around 55F. Outlook is for the wind to fade on Monday under sunny skies, high 50-55F. Light winds and sunshine Tuesday, and then unsettled mostly cloudy weather Wednesday through Friday with varying chances of rain and temps 45-55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, possible icy patches and areas of fog early, then sunny and windy with 55F. Valley destinations are expecting areas fog becoming mostly sunny and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, moderate east winds, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on the passes this morning, temperatures are 25-30F; partly sunny, breezy, a slight chance of snow showers, the snow level is at 3,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is patchy fog, mostly clear and very windy with dry pavement; in the Cascades cold and extremely windy with gusts 55-60 mph, the free air freezing level is at the surface through Sunday night.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”, a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 1” in the past seven days; 96” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack). To read our Special Report: Oregon’s Dismal Snow Pack, click here.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/0”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/47”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/6”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/loose and frozen granular
Timberline 0”/46”/low snow, no night skiing
Marine: Winds are light easterly nearshore this morning but blowing NE 10-15 knots gusting 20 offshore and seas are getting a bit choppy, 5 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this afternoon through Monday morning. N winds increasing to 10-20 knots gusting 25 by late this afternoon, windwaves building to 5 feet mixed with a 5 foot swell. For tonight and tomorrow, expect NE winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and lumpy seas 6 feet. Outlook is for the breeze to ease on Monday to 10-20 knots with swells around 5 feet. N winds on Tuesday, 5-10 knots, swells 5 feet. Wednesday, NW winds 10-15 knots with 6 foot swells and a 3 foot chop on top.
On the Beach… Sunny, becoming breezy, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/21 Sat 07:44 AM 0.69 L
02/21 Sat 01:51 PM 8.92 H
02/21 Sat 08:00 PM 0.05 L
02/22 Sun 02:25 AM 9.41 H
In Short: Mostly clear, cool nights, windy, then unsettled.