Sunday, Feb. 28th – Lincoln County
Summary: Festival visitors who went to bed last night under fair skies and calm winds after watching a decent sunset will probably think they lost a coin-toss when they get up this morning. Conditions came from the other side of the coin overnight as a cold front came barreling in around 3:00am. This was on the heels of a dry and somewhat sunny day with the mercury rising into the upper-50s. The rain hasn’t been very heavy, just a tenth of an inch or so, but the breeze made up for it as gusts out of the southwest reached 50 mph; highest in the area was 87 mph recorded on Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range east of Newport. At dawn, the wind was still in the 30s gusting into the 40s and light rain was blowing sideways,
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 600′, overcast @ 1,100′
Visibility: 3 miles/Wind: SSW 24 G 38 mph/Pressure: 29.80”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/49F/41mph/0.14”
Depoe Bay: 57F/48F/43mph/0.11”
Forecast: With a gale warning in place until noon, it looks like a breezy morning albeit the rain should be turning to showers shortly. High this afternoon a bit cooler at 50-55F. Tonight, a chance of showers in the evening, mostly cloudy and lows of 40-45F. Another short break is on tap tomorrow early in the day, but rain returns in the afternoon, high 55F. Outlook is for another strong storm on Tuesday, partly sunny Wednesday, then rain Thursday through Saturday with seasonal temperatures.
Seafood & Wine Festival… Showers and windy, high 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement, rain and 45-50F in the passes; rain turning to showers and breezy today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, the thermometer rising to 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, west winds gusting 25-30 mph, high of 50F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, temps are 30-35F; snow showers with 1-4 inches accumulation in the passes today, the snow level is at 4,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly wet roads at the lower elevations; snow showers in the Cascades tonight with the snow level 3,000 feet and up to 2 inches snow accumulation in the passes, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: It’s a howler this morning with SW winds 30-40 knots gusting 45 and very rough seas 12 feet at 8 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through noon today. S winds should ease by this afternoon to 20-25 knots gusting 30 but seas build to 16 feet at 14 seconds. Tonight, SW winds 15-20 knots gusting 25, fading to 10-15 knots after midnight, swells subsiding to 13 feet. Look for a SE breeze tomorrow 5-10 knots gusting 15 and swells holding at 13 feet. Outlook is for southerlies rising again to 25-30 knots gusting 40 on Tuesday with combined rough seas 16 feet, then SSE winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and swells 10-12 feet Wednesday and Thursday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, very breezy, surf 12-16 feet (high).
* 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.
02/28 Sun 09:48 AM 1.87 L
02/28 Sun 03:58 PM 6.42 H
02/28 Sun 09:33 PM 2.74 L
02/29 Mon 04:02 AM 7.79 H
In Short: Showery and windy, then mainly wet and unsettled.