Thursday, Feb. 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: Once again we got through most of our daylight hours without any precipitation yesterday, though it was pretty breezy and relatively warm. Southerly winds gusting to 40 mph were accompanied by mercury readings of 60F or a slightly above. There was a little rain in the late afternoon, a few breaks in the clouds and the wind vanished just after sunset. Everything stayed rather mellow until around 2:00am this morning when the next weather system barreled in with southeast winds rising quickly to 25 mph and the rain returned. At daybreak, skies were overcast, south winds blew 15-25 mph and showers covered the radar screen.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 800′ and 1,700′, broken overcast @ 3,500′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 9 G 18 mph/Pressure: 29.18”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/45F/38mph/0.22”
Depoe Bay: 62F/43F/40mph/0.11”
Forecast: In the vernacular, a real blast can mean a lot of fun, but in this case we’re talking about wind. Gusts of 50-55 mph are feasible today as the center of the current low pressure storm system comes ashore right over the Central Coast. Thunderstorms are also possible along with maybe a half inch of rain. Tonight, the breeze eases a little to 15-25 mph gusting 30-35 and showers continue. The next front arrives tomorrow with additional wind and rain. Outlook is for a break on Saturday, another storm on Sunday, and then a mixed bag of showers, sunbreaks and normal temperatures Monday through Wednesday.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement on the highways, it’s raining and 40F in the passes; showers and very windy today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers and breezy conditions, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light west wind, high of 50F. For the Cascades, highways have a mix of bare pavement, spots of ice and packed snow this morning, temps are right at 30F; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through midnight tonight for windy conditions with 4-8 inches of snow accumulation on the highways and a snow level of 3,500 feet, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: SSW winds are 25-30 knots this morning with rough seas 11 feet at 8 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this evening. SW winds rising to 30-35 knots gusting 45 today and very rough combined seas building to 17-20 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 35 with combined seas 14-16 feet at 12 seconds. Another storm arrives tomorrow and the S wind goes back up to 30-35 knots gusting 45, combined rough seas 16 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 10-15 knots and swells 14 feet Saturday, a front brings SW winds 20-30 knots and choppy 10-foot swells Sunday, and then E winds 10-15 knots Monday, swells holding at 10 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, very breezy, surf 10-15 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches today. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
02/18 Thu 08:36 AM 8.65 H
02/18 Thu 03:36 PM 0.27 L
02/18 Thu 10:20 PM 7.09 H
02/19 Fri 03:27 AM 3.54 L
In Short: Showers, windy, then mostly stormy.