Tuesday, Feb. 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: If there were an air freshener for this month, it would be scented with newly-cut grass and barbecue smoke. Yesterday, outdoor work and play were carried out under brilliant sunshine and warm temps. There was very little wind and the thermometer topped out near an unseasonable 60F (the historic normal is 49F). A few, almost imperceptible, high clouds drifted by in the afternoon, but otherwise skies stayed clear during the evening and overnight. Seasonable lows were recorded early this morning in the 35-40F range. At daybreak, there was a little frost on house roofs and car windshields, and winds were calm under blue skies.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 59F/40F
Depoe Bay: 58F/33F
Forecast: The current sunny weather won’t be coming to a screeching halt, but the brakes are being tapped. Clouds should begin increasing later today along with light winds and a high about 55F. Mostly cloudy skies are expected tonight, lows of 40-45F. Tomorrow we’re in for a slight chance of rain or drizzle and the mercury rising to 55F or so. Outlook is for rain likely Thursday and Friday, a chance of showers on Saturday, the gas pedal gets floored again Sunday as sunshine returns, but the brakes will be reapplied Monday when a chance of rain is predicted. A little cooler in the long term with near average highs of 50F and lows of 40F.
Travel: Delays are possible on Highway 18 in the Van Duzer Corridor through Thursday while ODOT crews remove unhealthy trees. Crews will also be removing hazardous trees along Highway 20 about 4 miles east of Toledo this week; expect minimal delays. In the Coast Range today, sunny with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light winds, temps around 60F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are 25-30F; mostly sunny today, the freezing level is at 8,000 feet rising to 9,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 31”, no change since yesterday; a loss of 1” in the past seven days; 87” 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”/46”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/granular early, spring later
Timberline 0”/44”/another beautiful bluebird day at 6,000′
Marine: Conditions are rather benign this morning with NE winds 5-15 knots and rounded 5 foot seas at 14 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. N to NE winds are predicted for today, 5-15 knots, backing to NW by afternoon, seas holding at 4-5 feet at 12-13 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, expect a NW breeze 5-10 knots gusting 15, swells 3-4 feet mixed with windwaves 3-4 feet. Outlook is for W to SW winds on Thursday, 5-15 knots, and 4 foot swells. Friday and Saturday, northerlies 10-20 knots with lumpy 6 foot seas.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/24 Tue 10:41 AM 0.74 L
02/24 Tue 04:59 PM 6.66 H
02/24 Tue 10:25 PM 2.50 L
02/25 Wed 04:53 AM 8.66 H
In Short: Mostly clear, light winds, increasing clouds, then cloudy with light rain.