Friday, Feb. 27th – Lincoln County
Summary: In the midst of our Summer-like Winter, yesterday was an utterly classic late February day with rainy and breezy conditions. Precipitation totals were between a quarter and a third of an inch and the mercury topped out in the low-50s. Winds peaked just after lunch blowing out of the south 15-20 mph, then faded to calm by evening, but came up from the northwest 15-20 mph gusting 25 after midnight. Showers continued overnight with low temps dipping slightly to the upper-40s. This morning, it was showery and the breeze was fading.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/49F/0.31”
Depoe Bay: 51F/46F/0.38”
Forecast: While the big story is snowfall in the Cascades (heads-up, travelers), the Central Coast is in for one more wet one today with plain ol’ rain showers, a slight chance of thunderstorms, maybe even some small hail, and an occasional sunbreak. High this afternoon around 50F and northwest winds gusting 20 mph or so. Tonight we should see the end of the showers, light winds and temps about 45F. Tomorrow, open the glovebox and get your shades back out for a sunny day, east winds 15-25 mph and temps rising to 50-55F. Outlook is for more sunshine on Sunday, a chance of showers Monday, and then mostly clear and east windy Tuesday through Thursday. Look for cooler, seasonal thermometer readings with highs of 50F and lows down to 35-40F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers, possible thunderstorms and hail with 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, maybe a thunderstorm and a high of 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, possible thunderstorms, light winds, temps around 50F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are right at 32F; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for 2-4 inches of snow in the passes today, the snow level lowering to 3,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is showers with wet pavement tonight, clear and dry tomorrow through Sunday night; in the Cascades, another 1-3 inches of snow in the passes tonight, then clearing and cold with areas of ice through Sunday night. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 33”, a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 2” in the past seven days; 74” 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 1”/1”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 3”/50”/fresh powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 1”/12”/cosmic tubing tonight, day tubing Sat-Sun
Mt. Hood Meadows 2”/33”/packed powder, granular
Timberline 4”/51”/it’s snowing!
Marine: Breeze and seas are up this morning with WNW winds 15-20 knots and choppy swells 6 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 10:00am this morning for waters inside 10 miles, and until late tonight farther offshore. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect for the outer waters through this evening. NW winds today, 15-20 knots, with mixed swells/windwaves 5 feet at 12 seconds. Expect steep seas tonight, 8-9 feet at 9-10 seconds, winds becoming NE 10-15 knots nearshore but 20-25 knots offshore and seas 6-8 feet at 9-10 seconds. For tomorrow, nor’easters 15-20 knots along with seas subsiding to 6 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for N to NE winds 15-20 knots nearshore and 15-25 knots offshore Sunday through Tuesday; swells should be 4-6 feet through the period.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/27 Fri 07:02 AM 8.07 H
02/27 Fri 02:13 PM 0.74 L
02/27 Fri 09:00 PM 6.35 H
02/28 Sat 02:02 AM 3.56 L
In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, then clearing, east windy and cooler.