Sunday, Feb. 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday panned out to be the anticipated intermission between the last two storms of the series predicted for our area. Light winds, no recordable precipitation and high temperatures in the mid-50s ganged-up to produce a day for the ‘Nice’ file. There was a running skirmish for air supremacy with the Sun winning much of the morning and high clouds filtering parts of the afternoon. Not much change throughout the evening and overnight, albeit low temperatures dropped to 40F or below ahead of an approaching cold front; Newport was the chilliest at 37F. At dawn, clouds were thickening with a light southeast breeze.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 6 mph/Pressure: 29.96”
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 54F/42F
Depoe Bay: 55F/40F
Forecast: The final innings of the storm game are expected to be played today as blustery southerly winds and rain come onto the Central Coast field this morning. Gusts near 40 mph are projected along with a quarter to a half inch of rain. This afternoon the breeze fades and the steady rain turns to showers. High 50-55F. A chance of showers lingers tonight, low around 40F. Tomorrow, showers are possible in the morning but decreasing clouds and mostly sunny by afternoon, high of 55F. Outlook is for mainly dry conditions through the week, sunny Tuesday, cloudy Wednesday, sunny again Thursday, overcast Friday and the next rain game begins on Saturday. Look for high temps of 55-60F and lows of 45-50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there are possible spots of ice on the highways, patchy fog and 30-35F in the passes; rain turning to showers and breezy today, temperatures rising to 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain early, showers later, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, gusty east winds, high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways have a mix of packed snow, spots of ice and some bare pavement this morning, temps are 25-30F, carry chains or traction tires; snow showers with 1-4 inches of accumulation on the highways today, the snow level is below the passes at 4,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is wet roads through tonight; in the Cascades, snow levels remain below the passes tonight with additional snow possible.
Marine: The breeze is light nearshore this morning but blowing 25-30 knots out at Stonewall Bank with seas 7-8 feet at 13 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this afternoon. S winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 this morning fading to SW 10-15 gusting 20 by late afternoon, combined seas building to 13 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, a WNW wind 5-15 knots with swells 10 feet at 12 seconds. N wind 5-10 knots gusting 15 is expected tomorrow, swells 11 feet. Outlook is for easterlies 5-15 knots occasionally gusting 20 with swells 8-10 feet Tuesday through Thursday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
02/21 Sun 11:13 AM 8.85 H
02/21 Sun 05:47 PM -0.21 L
02/22 Mon 12:21 AM 8.05 H
02/22 Mon 05:53 AM 2.41 L
In Short: Rain, windy, showers, then drying and warming.