Wednesday, Feb. 25th – Lincoln County
Summary: The anticipated slow change from warm and sunny to cool and overcast began yesterday as high thin clouds sluggishly filled the sky in the afternoon. But the Sun was still visible throughout much of the day. Northerly winds from noon to 4:00pm blew 10-15 mph gusting into the low-20s, so it felt a bit cooler than the thermometer indicated, though Lincoln City managed a 60F high for the day. There was a brief break in the overcast during the evening and then thicker clouds filled-in ‘round midnight. Low temps dipped to about 40F. This morning, it was mostly cloudy and calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 60F/45F
Depoe Bay: 57F/37F
Forecast: To do list – return sunglasses to glovebox, get raincoat out of closet. The ongoing transition to wetter and cooler conditions continues today with drizzle early and light rain (bigger drops) on tap later, highs of 50-55F and light winds. Tonight, rain becomes likely and lows of 45-50F are expected. Rain, up to a quarter inch, is projected for tomorrow, highs in the low-50s. Outlook is for the rain to become heavier tomorrow night and Friday with a half to an inch of precipitation. There’s a chance of showers early Saturday but turning partly sunny, then full-on sunshine Sunday. Another weak weather system is predicted for Monday and Tuesday bringing additional chances of rain. Look for close-to-seasonal temps between 40F and 50F.
Travel: Delays are possible on Highway 18 in the Van Duzer Corridor through tomorrow while ODOT crews remove unhealthy trees. In the Coast Range today, cloudy, chance of rain late with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting overcast, a chance of light rain this afternoon and highs of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for cloudy skies, rain likely later, light winds, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; a Special Weather Statement is in effect for rain and snow showers down to pass level, 4,000’, with 1-3 inches of snow on the highways expected tonight and additional lower-elevation snow through Saturday. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 31”, no change since yesterday; a loss of 1” in the past seven days; 82” 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”/frozen and loose granular
Timberline 0”/45”/open 9am-4pm
Marine: For a Winter day, ocean conditions are really mellow. Seas this morning are 4 feet at 11 seconds with winds NNW about 10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. NW winds 5-10 knots with occasional gusts to 15 out past 10 miles today, swells 3-4 feet at 11-12 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, W winds 5-15 knots gusting 20 well offshore with mixed swells and windwaves around 3 feet. Outlook is for northerlies 5-15 knots through Sunday, swells generally 4-7 feet, highest Friday and Saturday.
On the Beach… Overcast, chance of drizzle, surf 3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/25 Wed 11:51 AM 0.86 L
02/25 Wed 06:20 PM 6.21 H
02/25 Wed 11:29 PM 3.15 L
02/26 Thu 05:55 AM 8.31 H
In Short: Cloudy, light winds, drizzle, rain, then clearing.