Saturday, Feb. 27th – Lincoln County
Summary: True to predictions, the latest weather front rolled in yesterday morning with thickening clouds, and light rain began during the lunch hour. Precipitation totals were between a half and two-thirds of an inch. There wasn’t much wind until well after dark when the southwest breeze built to 15-25 mph gusting around 30. It continued to rain steadily until the tap was turned off about 3:00am this morning, the overcast starting breaking up a little and there was only some spotty drizzle. At daybreak, skies were mixed and a southwest wind wafted along at 10-15 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered clouds @ 1,800′ and 3,300′
Visibility: 4 miles/Wind: S 7 mph/Pressure: 30.00”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/51F/24mph/0.50”
Depoe Bay: 53F/45F/31mph/0.44”
Forecast: Good news for those waiting in line for the Festival, or out exploring other areas of the Central Coast – it should be dry all day. Mostly cloudy skies, but some nice sunbreaks today, too, light winds and highs of 55-60F are predicted. Rain developing and breezy tonight, low 50F. Tomorrow, rain in the morning, showers in the afternoon and windy with southerlies 25-35 mph gusting 40-45, strongest on the beaches and headlands. Cooler as the mercury stops around 50F. Outlook is for a series of storms now waiting in line to come through about every other day all week bringing rainy and windy conditions alternating with showers. Seasonal temperatures are projected throughout the period.
Seafood & Wine Festival… Broken overcast and dry today, then rainy and windy tomorrow, high 55F, low 40-45F. NOTE: Hazardous surf expected this weekend (see On the Beach below).
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 45-50F in the passes; a chance of showers today, temperatures rising to 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting mostly cloudy skies, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers early, overcast and dry later, light west wind, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways have wet pavement with slushy spots this morning, temps are 30-35F; a chance of rain or snow showers today, the snow level is below the passes at 4,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet and dry roads at the lower elevations; mostly cloudy in the Cascades tonight, then snow likely down to 4,500 feet Sunday and Sunday night with 2-5 inches accumulation in the passes, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Winds are WSW 15-20 knots this morning with seas 11 feet at 17 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for hazardous seas and winds are in effect until this evening when they evolve into a Gale Warning through Sunday morning. SW winds becoming 15-20 knots gusting 25 today, swells 10 feet at 16 seconds. Tonight, S winds rising to 30-35 knots gusting 40 and combined rough seas building to 15-17 feet at 15 seconds. The breeze veers to W 20-30 knots tomorrow with combined seas remaining up around 17 feet. Outlook is for light southerlies 10-15 knots on Monday, seas 14 feet, then S winds 20-30 knots and combined seas 15-17 feet Tuesday and Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Overcast, sunbreaks, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during this afternoon’s high tide. Sneaker waves are expected all weekend; these dangerous waves will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
02/27 Sat 09:03 AM 1.77 L
02/27 Sat 03:10 PM 6.93 H
02/27 Sat 08:58 PM 2.12 L
02/28 Sun 03:25 AM 7.96 H
In Short: Mostly cloudy, turning rainy and windy, then wet and unsettled.