Sunday, Feb. 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: Heavy and steady rainfall brought precipitation totals right up to the upper end of earlier predictions of 1-2 inches. The wet stuff was evenly distributed along the Central Coast with all of our communities receiving almost exactly 2 inches. Southwest winds were in a huff, too, gusting into the 30s; Yachats had the highest blast at 42 mph. There have been no real changes in conditions since the rain kicked-in around 3:00pm yesterday afternoon. Temps slumped slightly overnight but the wind and rain continued right up through daybreak this morning.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 200′
Visibility: 3 miles/Wind: SSW 17 G 23 mph/Pressure: 30.10”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/50F/30mph/2.08”
Depoe Bay: 53F/48F/36mph/2.03”
Forecast: Cupid will need water-wings during his rounds on this Valentine’s Day as the rain continues, though probably not as heavy as last night. High today around 55F and sou’westers gusting 30 mph, but 40 mph or so on the beaches and headlands. The wet stuff continues tonight, low about 50F. It looks like we’ll get dry conditions and partly sunny skies for President’s Day tomorrow after a chance of rain in the morning, high again 55F. Outlook is for a slight chance of rain Tuesday, rain Wednesday, showers Thursday, rain Friday and showers on Saturday. The thermometer is expected to remain seasonal with highs of 50-55F and lows near 45F all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement on the highways, it’s raining and 50F in the passes; rainy and windy today, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for heavy rain, southwest winds gusting 25 mph, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways have slush and wet snowpack breaking up this morning, temps are around 35F, carry chains or traction tires; the Winter Weather Advisory expires at 9:00am, rainy and windy today, the snow level rising to 7,500 feet. Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is wet pavement at all elevations tonight, mostly dry roads tomorrow, the Cascades snow level remaining above the highways at 7,500 feet.
Marine: SSW winds are 15-20 knots this morning with seas 11 feet at 14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this afternoon. SW winds 15-25 knots today and seas 12 feet subsiding to 10 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, the breeze eases to SW 15-20 knots with seas 8 feet at 11 seconds. SW wind 15 knots gusting 20 is expected tomorrow, swells holding at 8 feet. Outlook is for southerlies 10-15 knots and seas about 10 feet Tuesday, then 20-25 knots Wednesday and Thursday, swells building from 10 to 17 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/14 Sun 10:58 AM 1.19 L
02/14 Sun 05:12 PM 6.78 H
02/14 Sun 10:46 PM 2.41 L
02/15 Mon 05:22 AM 8.88 H
In Short: Rainy and windy, drying, then more wet and breezy conditions.