Friday, Feb. 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: That was a pretty good blast yesterday as sou’westers blew 25-30 mph gusting well into the 40s and precipitation totals were from a half to three-quarters of an inch. Most of the rain fell before noon, but showers lingered throughout the day. Conditions changed little during the evening and overnight with the noted exception of the breeze backing to southeast and speeds dropping to 15-25 mph; the heaviest rain shower occurred about 1:00am and low temps averaged in the mid-40s. At dawn, it was raining or drizzling in most areas with the wind down to 10-15 mph out of the southeast.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 1,200′ and 2,100′, broken overcast @ 4,500′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 12 G 21 mph/Pressure: 29.39”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/45F/40mph/0.77”
Depoe Bay: 51F/43F/48mph/0.53”
Forecast: It looks like we have two more storms to go before a break in the action. Another round of blustery south wind and rain is on tap today with a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon, high about 50F. Showers and patchy fog tonight, low 45F. Tomorrow we’ll be between systems and should get a peek at the Sun after a few morning showers and fog, light winds, the thermometer climbing to 55F or so. Outlook is for the next barrel of rain to be dumped on us Sunday, though the breeze shouldn’t be too stiff, then some sunshine Monday, a slight chance of rain/showers Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by mostly sunny Thursday. Temperatures are expected to vary from highs of 50-60F to lows of 40-50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement on the highways, patchy fog, it’s raining and 45F in the passes; showers, a chance of a thunderstorm 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 packed snow and slush this morning, temps are 30-35F, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through midnight tonight for windy conditions with 5-10 inches of snow accumulation on the highways and a snow level of 4,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is wet roads tonight, drying tomorrow, then wet again Sunday; in the Cascades, snow levels remain below the passes through Sunday night with additional snow accumulations expected on the highways.
Marine: Winds are SSE 15-25 knots gusting 30 this morning with rough seas 14-15 feet at 12 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect today for southerlies 25-35 knots gusting 45 and combined seas 15-17 feet at 12 seconds. The breeze eases this evening to W 20-25 knots, then down to SW 10-15 knots overnight, seas 13 feet at 11 seconds. Tomorrow winds fall to SSE 10 knots but swells rebuild to 14-16 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for another gale on Sunday with S winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 and combined seas 15 feet at 13 seconds, N winds 15-20 knots on Monday, swells subsiding to 10 feet, and then a SE breeze 15-20 knots and swells 9 feet Tuesday. 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 this morning’s high tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
02/19 Fri 09:35 AM 8.75 H
02/19 Fri 04:26 PM -0.01 L
02/19 Fri 11:07 PM 7.49 H
02/20 Sat 04:23 AM 3.18 L
In Short: Showers, windy, drying, another storm, then unsettled.