The Gap

By: NewportOr , 4:07 PM GMT on February 27, 2014

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Thursday, Feb. 27th – Lincoln County

Summary: While yesterday began cloudy with light rain developing early on, a big ol’ gap in weather disturbances gave us a break from the wet stuff for much of the day. Highs were in the upper-50s. As noted earlier, this was a rather lethargic system and didn’t have much energy associated with it. East winds of 10-15 mph pushed back at the weak front coming in from the west; Lincoln City recorded the peak gust at 26 mph. Meanwhile, Waldport scored a double with both the highest temperature and most rainfall for the Central Coast. The rain picked up overnight, though amounts were fairly meager. It was still raining at daybreak, winds were light, and the low was in the upper-40s.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 55F/46F/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 57F/42F/0.10”
Newport: 57F/43F/0.05”
Waldport: 60F/46F/0.13”
Yachats: 57F/46F/0.12”

Forecast: It’ll be like a slow-motion film for the next few days. Look for the steady rain to slowly turn to showers, which are anticipated to fade out overnight. Today’s high in the mid-50s, tonight’s low around 45F. Light winds. Tomorrow should be mostly dry with an outside chance of showers and a mix of sun and clouds, high again around 55F. Outlook is for a sluggish return to rain and showers over the weekend with cooler temperatures. Highs and lows in the 40s. On the horizon, the movie returns to normal speed with a wet and windy Monday, followed by unsettled weather the rest of the week.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open with wet pavement and temperatures around 40F warming to 50F today; rain is expected through much of the day. Utility work has Highway 20 down to one lane with flaggers a few miles west of Eddyville, but that project should be completed sometime today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays. Valley destinations have wet pavement this morning, with rain through the day and forecast highs in the 50s. In the Cascades, highways are well below freezing with black ice and a Severe Weather Alert posted for freezing rain early today, followed by up to 3 inches of snow this afternoon and tonight. Carry chains or traction tires. The snow level is near the passes at 5,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 107”, a loss of 3” since yesterday, or 73% of normal. Weekly snow total, -11”; difference from last year, -26”; deviation from 30 year average, -5”.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 1/105/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 0/105/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/45/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/123/Powder

Marine: After building to over 10 feet yesterday, seas have fallen back to around 7 feet this morning, and winds are out of the S at 10-12 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Not much wind in the near term, today and tonight, as it stays southerly 10-15 knots. Seas are a bit confused with two wave trains colliding in local waters. One is W at 6 feet and the other is S at 5 feet. So, while heights are not impressive, it’ll be quite lumpy at times. Tomorrow, a NE breeze of 15-20 knots with a few gusts to 25 and seas around 5 feet. Outlook is for W wind, seas 6 feet on Saturday, with winds going SW on Sunday, 10-15 knots, and seas remaining about 6 feet. There’s better definition now for the early part of next week. A storm is predicted for the Monday-Tuesday timeframe packing S winds 25-30 knots and combined seas jumping up to 13-15 feet.

On the Beach... Rain showers, light wind, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
Tides
02/27 Thu 10:08 AM 9.46 H
02/27 Thu 04:50 PM -0.9 L
02/27 Thu 11:19 PM 8.23 H
02/28 Fri 04:57 AM 1.62 L

In Short: Rain, showers, drying, then continued unsettled.

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