Thursday, Feb. 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: Daylight hours yesterday were damp with mainly drizzle and some light rain doing little more than knocking the dust down. High temps rose to the mid-50s and winds stayed relatively light from the west. Heavier rain showers arrived after dark, dribbling on and off through the night; precipitation amounts varied from a few hundredths to a quarter of an inch. Overnight lows were in the 40s. At daybreak, light rain showers continued under overcast skies and it was breezy along the beach with lighter winds inland.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/49F/0.27”
Depoe Bay: 53F/43F/0.10”
Forecast: Pluviophiles will have a full 11 hours of daylight to enjoy the rain today; up to a quarter inch is feasible. The thermometer rises to 50-55F. Tonight, the breeze ramps up to southerly 5-15 mph gusting 20 and rainfall of a quarter to half an inch is expected. Lows around 50F. Thunderstorms could be in the mix tomorrow as cooler, unstable air filters in. Rain gauges may pick up another quarter inch except higher values are possible during any thunderstorms. High temps about 50F. Outlook is for the wet stuff to vacate our area by Saturday as skies turn partly sunny, then mostly sunny on Sunday, a chance of rain Monday and Tuesday, and a return to sunny skies on Wednesday. The biggest change will be in the mercury. Cooler temperatures than we’ve had for a while are projected in the long term forecast with highs of 45-50F and lows down into the upper-30s.
Travel: Delays are possible on Highway 18 in the Van Duzer Corridor today while ODOT crews wrap-up a tree removal project. In the Coast Range today, showers with 50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and highs of 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers likely, light winds, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there is snow and slush on Santiam Pass this morning, bare pavement at Willamette Pass and Government Camp, temperatures are 30-35F; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for snow down to near pass level, 4,500’ today, with up to 2 inches possible on the highways, 3-6 inches tonight and an additional 2-5 inches tomorrow. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 32”, a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 1” in the past seven days; 78” 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 3”/48”/new snow with more expected
Marine: SW winds are 10-15 knots gusting near 20 this morning with seas 4 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this evening and runs through tomorrow afternoon for local waters out past 10 miles. SW winds today, 5-10 knots gusting 15 and swells 4 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, W to NW winds 10-15 knots nearshore but 20-25 knots beyond 10 miles offshore along with 5-7 foot swells and 3-5 foot windwaves. Outlook is for the breeze to veer NE 10-15 knots gusting 20 on Saturday, and then to N 5-15 knots Sunday and Monday with swells building from 4 to 7 feet.
On the Beach… Rain, 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.
02/26 Thu 01:04 PM 0.86 L
02/26 Thu 07:47 PM 6.15 H
02/27 Fri 12:45 AM 3.52 L
02/27 Fri 07:02 AM 8.07 H
In Short: Rain, moderate winds, possible thunderstorms, then clearing and cooler.