Saturday, Feb. 28th – Lincoln County
Summary: No surprises as a mix of conditions peppered us yesterday, including some small hail in the heavier showers. Precipitation varied with Waldport receiving the most, over a third of an inch. High temps were in the mid-50s, while the Sun made valiant attempts at peeking through a handful of sucker holes in the overcast. Winds were southwest 10-15 mph until late afternoon when they backed to northeast, the first sign that the rain was ending. Scattered clouds carried us through the evening and then moon- and star-shine fleshed out the overnight period; lows were around 40F. At daybreak, the last of the clouds had evaporated and the breeze was light northeast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/41F/0.31”
Depoe Bay: 52F/39F/0.21”
Forecast: In the wake of a couple cloudy and wet days, it’s time to insert the Sun icon today. Highs should reach about 55F and northeast winds of 15 mph gusting 20 are projected. Chilly and clear tonight with a low of 35F and east winds down to 10 mph or so. Tomorrow should begin sunny, high 50-55F, but increasing clouds will herald the arrival of a weak weather system by tomorrow night when rain becomes likely. Outlook is for a chance of showers Monday, partly sunny Tuesday, and then mostly sunny Wednesday through Friday. Cooler temps are expected this week with highs of 50-55F and lows 35-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny, windy with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine, breezy and a high of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, east winds gusting 25 mph, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow on Santiam Pass, spots of ice at Willamette Pass and Government Camp this morning, temperatures are 25-30F; sunny, windy, the freezing level is at the surface. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is clear with dry pavement through tomorrow evening; in the Cascades, clear and cold with spots of ice through Sunday night.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 37”, a gain of 4” since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 68” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 1”/1”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 5”/53”/fresh powder, blizzard, limited lifts
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 4”/33”/granular, packed and hardpack
Timberline 9”/51”/spring passes available
Marine: There’s hardly any wind nearshore this morning, but it’s blowing NNE 10-15 knots farther offshore, and seas are a bit lumpy, 8-9 feet at 10-11 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 26 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening out beyond 10 miles for northerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25; lighter winds, 10-20 knots, are expected today and tonight inside 10 miles with choppy seas 7-8 feet at 10 seconds. Things settle down considerably tomorrow as the breeze fades to NNE 10 knots and seas subside to 4 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for nor’easters 10-15 knots with 4 foot swells Monday through Wednesday.
On the Beach… Sunny, 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.
02/28 Sat 08:08 AM 7.99 H
02/28 Sat 03:11 PM 0.57 L
02/28 Sat 09:56 PM 6.66 H
03/01 Sun 03:06 AM 3.36 L
In Short: Sunny, east windy, rain, then clearing and cool.