Wednesday, Feb. 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday began under the Big Top with overcast and no wind, which lasted through the morning and into mid-afternoon. Even though most of the clouds cleared later in the day, it was still hazy and visibility dropped to 3-4 miles at times. High temperatures reached the mid-50s and there was very little precipitation recorded; Lincoln City had the most at 0.02”. Additional clearing ensued overnight with an east wind 5-10 mph, lows around 50F and no rainfall. At daybreak, low thin clouds were covering parts of the sky and the east wind had fallen to about 5 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 3 mph/Pressure: 29.18”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/53F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 56F/49F/~0.01”
Forecast: Wibbly-wobbly weather is in store for us over the next couple of days as an unstable atmosphere creates showers and possibly generates a few thunderstorms today, tonight and tomorrow. The mercury climbs to 55F and dips to 45F, and southerly winds start ramping-up again to 15-25 mph gusting 35-40 mph. Outlook is for the next organized weather system to come in on Friday with another good shot of rain and wind, showers linger into Saturday, another storm Sunday, and then down to a chance of a shower and partly sunny Monday and Tuesday. Seasonal temps continue with highs of 50-55F and lows of 45F all week.
Travel: Highway 101 Note… Motorists should expect up to 20 minute delays between 7:00am and 5:00pm near Milepost 129 at Whale Cove as slide repairs are completed. Flaggers will be alternating traffic in the northbound lane.
In the Coast Range this morning, there’s dry pavement on the highways and 45-50F in the passes; showers and a chance of thunderstorms today, temperatures around 55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, showers and possible thunderstorms, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, maybe a thunderstorm, light east wind, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement with a few spots of ice this morning, temps are 35-40F; showers developing and a chance of thunderstorms today, the snow level is above the passes at 6,500 feet, but dropping to 3,500 feet and 2-3 inches of snow expected tonight, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Seas are 8-9 feet this morning with ESE winds 5-10 knots. A Gale Warning is in effect from 10:00am this morning through this evening. S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 35 today, lasting into tonight, seas 10-11 feet at 12-15 seconds. Tomorrow, S winds 20-30 knots gusting 35 with combined seas 17 feet. Outlook is for S winds 25-30 knots gusting 40 on Friday, combined rough seas 15 feet at 11 seconds, SE winds 5-10 knots Saturday, swells 13 feet, and E wind 10-15 knots with 9 foot swells on Sunday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, 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.
02/17 Wed 07:30 AM 8.61 H
02/17 Wed 02:36 PM 0.63 L
02/17 Wed 09:20 PM 6.64 H
02/18 Thu 02:20 AM 3.75 L
In Short: Overcast, showers, windy, then stormy.