Monday, Feb. 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: The east winds got a tardy slip, but finally showed up, even if they were sporadic in attendance. The first round was between noon and 2:00pm yesterday afternoon gusting to 25 mph, and a second, stronger sequence began early this morning bringing gusts near 35 mph. The Sun reigned over Sunday activities with the mercury climbing to 60F following lows close to freezing. Although thrilling Central Coast sunsets have become the rule rather than the exception this Winter, it was still a real beaut last evening. Skies were clear overnight with lows dipping into the 30s in spots. This morning, chilly east winds continued under blue skies.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 57F/42F/34mph
Depoe Bay: 61F/32F/29mph
Forecast: Two more unseasonable stunners are materializing in the crystal ball. Expect sunny skies and fading east winds with a high of 55-60F today. We could see some patchy fog develop tonight and lows dropping to around 40F. More sunshine is anticipated tomorrow, light winds and the thermometer rising again to 60F. Outlook is for a change beginning Tuesday night into Wednesday with increasing clouds and a chance of drizzle. And there’s hope for pluviophiles Thursday and Friday when rain is likely, a slight chance of showers on Saturday but then back to sunshine on Sunday. Temps may be a touch cooler with highs 50-55F and lows 40-45F, but for February, who’s complaining?
Travel: Delays are possible on a 10-mile stretch of Highway 18 in the Van Duzer Corridor this week while ODOT crews remove unhealthy trees. The three-day project is set for Tuesday through Thursday, between 8:00am and 4:00pm each day, weather permitting. In the Coast Range today, sunny with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, east winds gusting 25-30 mph, temps around 60F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, winds have died down, temperatures are 20-25F; sunny today, the freezing level is at 4,500 feet rising to 7,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 31”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; a loss of 1” in the past seven days; 90” less than this date last year; 93% 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”/12”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/granular early, corn snow later
Timberline 0”/45”/a beautiful bluebird day at 6,000′
Marine: Seas are 5 feet at 14 seconds this morning with E winds 10-15 knots and a few higher gusts. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. NE winds slowly easing today to 5-10 knots nearshore, 10-15 knots gusting 20 offshore, swells 5 feet and 4 foot windwaves. Tonight, the breeze drops to NE 5-10 knots late, seas stay around 5 feet at 13 seconds. N wind is expected tomorrow, 10-15 knots, seas 5 feet. Outlook is for a Summer-like pattern of northerlies for the rest of the week, mainly 10-15 knots during the day, 5-10 knots at night, and swells running 4-7 feet through the period.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/23 Mon 09:37 AM 0.61 L
02/23 Mon 03:48 PM 7.36 H
02/23 Mon 09:32 PM 1.69 L
02/24 Tue 03:59 AM 9.03 H
In Short: Mostly clear, moderate winds, patchy fog, then cloudy and light rain.