Sunday, Feb. 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: After a chilly start, yesterday became another one of those more characteristic of May than February. A few clouds mixed with the sunshine early in the day but by afternoon it was clear as a bell. High temperatures climbed to near 60F albeit north-northeast winds of 10-15 mph gusting 25 made it feel a touch cooler. After sunset, the waxing crescent Moon was grinnin’ like a big ol’ Cheshire cat, skies remained cloudless all night, lows dropped to around 40F and the predicted strong east winds did not materialize. At daybreak, clear skies and a light northeast wind greeted early risers.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 57F/44F
Depoe Bay: 59F/42F
Advisory: A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for breezy to windy conditions with unusually dry air for Northwest Oregon today through Monday. Conditions did not develop as expected for areas east of the Cascades and that has diminished the wind potential today for areas west of the Cascades. Breezy to windy conditions are still expected today in a reduced capacity from previous expectations. The main focus for wind continues to be along the Cascades, the western Columbia River Gorge and the exposed terrain of the Coast Range. Expect to see frequent gusts of 35-45 mph at those locations with locally higher speeds possible. Other areas will likely see gusts of 25-35 mph with an outside chance of seeing a brief period of gusts reaching 40-45 mph. Additionally, a combination of gusty east winds, summer-like low humidity values and dry vegetation continue to bring a threat of rapidly spreading wildfires given a receptive fuel bed. Therefore, open burning of any kind is still not advised until after winds decrease Monday.
Forecast: So, good news for the Festival finale today. Seafood & Wine revelers won’t be facing east winds as strong as earlier projections indicated. While still on the table, it now looks like the breeze, if it shows, will top out around 25-30 mph. Sunshine and thermometer readings of about 55F are on tap. For tonight, east winds gusting 25 mph or so remain feasible; clear skies and cool with temps dropping into the mid-30s. Expect sunny skies, light winds and a high around 60F tomorrow. Outlook is for mostly sunny Tuesday, mostly cloudy Wednesday through Saturday with a chance of light rain during the period and the mercury floating between 40F and 55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny and windy with 50F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine, breezy and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, east winds gusting 30-35 mph, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, it is very windy, temperatures are 25-30F; sunny and windy with gusts to 55 mph today, the freezing level is at the surface. Outlook for weekend travelers in all areas is clear and breezy with dry pavement through tonight.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”, no change since yesterday; no change in the past seven days; 91” less than this date last year; 92% 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”/windy, firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/windy, tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/windy, frozen granular, icy spots
Timberline 0”/45”/high winds, lifts on hold
Marine: Winds are light easterly nearshore this morning but NE 10-15 knots gusting 20 offshore with square seas 5 feet at 5 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through tomorrow morning. NE winds 15-25 knots gusting 30 are still expected today and tonight along with choppy 5 foot seas. For tomorrow, nor’easters subsiding to 10-15 knots gusting 20 and a 5 foot swell. Outlook is for N to NW winds 5-15 knots Tuesday through Thursday with swells 4-6 feet.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, 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.
02/22 Sun 08:39 AM 0.57 L
02/22 Sun 02:47 PM 8.17 H
02/22 Sun 08:44 PM 0.85 L
02/23 Mon 03:10 AM 9.30 H
In Short: Mostly clear, possibly windy, then light winds and becoming unsettled.