Saturday, Feb. 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: A couple of wild and woolly innings were played yesterday with winds gusting 50 mph, flashes of lightning, booming thunder and hail thick enough to whiten the ground and cover roadways. The highest wind gust was at Yachats, 56 mph; that community also recorded the most precipitation at 0.69”. The heaviest rain and most of the hail fell between 8:00am and noon, though additional showers punctuated the afternoon. High temperatures were cool, just barely squeezing 50F out of the mercury. A dry period ensued from sunset until another couple of quick showers passed through about 3:00am this morning. At dawn, skies were clearing with a light easterly wind.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 6 mph/Pressure: 30.14”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/43F/37mph/0.57”
Depoe Bay: 49F/40F/51mph/0.30”
Forecast: The storm series is nearing an end with the action just about to conclude. We’re in the proverbial 7th inning stretch as we pause before the game’s conclusion tomorrow. Expect mixed skies today, so a little sunshine, mostly dry, light winds and high temps about 55F. The next weather disturbance arrives overnight with increasing clouds and a chance of rain. Tomorrow, the final innings of the game will be played with rain and southerly winds gusting 35-45 mph. Outlook is for mostly sunny Monday and Tuesday, a slight chance of rain Wednesday, sunshine returns Thursday, followed by a chance of rain Friday. Temps could warm to highs of 60F by midweek.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s damp pavement with spots of ice possible on the highways, patchy fog and 35F in the passes; mostly cloudy and isolated showers today, temperatures rising to 50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, mostly cloudy, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for scattered showers, light southwest wind, high of 50F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow this morning, temps are 25-30F, carry chains or traction tires except for Santiam Pass on Highway 20 where chains are required; scattered snow showers are expected today, the snow level is 2,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is dry roads today, wet again tomorrow; in the Cascades, snow levels remain below the passes through Sunday night with additional snow accumulations of 1-4 inches possible on the highways.
Marine: Rough seas are the issue this morning, currently 15 feet at 11 seconds, but winds have come down to WSW 5-10 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through late tonight. A Gale Watch is in effect from Sunday morning through the afternoon. SW winds 5-10 knots back to SE 10-15 knots gusting 20 this afternoon while seas subside to 13 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, E winds 10-15 knots becoming S 20-25 knots gusting 30, swells 9-11 feet at 13 seconds. Looks like a decent blast of S wind is on tap tomorrow, 25-30 knots gusting 40 early but falling to W 15-20 knots later in the day, combined rough seas 12 feet. Outlook is for northerlies on Monday 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas 12 feet, then southerlies 10-15 knots Tuesday and Wednesday, swells 7-10 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, light breeze, surf 8-12 feet (moderate).
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02/20 Sat 10:26 AM 8.83 H
02/20 Sat 05:09 PM -0.18 L
02/20 Sat 11:46 PM 7.82 H
02/21 Sun 05:11 AM 2.78 L
In Short: Mainly overcast, another storm, then drying and warmer.