A Short Vacation

By: NewportOr , 4:27 PM GMT on February 25, 2014

Tuesday, Feb. 25th – Lincoln County

Summary: Nobody got what they wanted yesterday. Whether you love rain or shine, neither was very much in evidence. Very light rain was on and off until late afternoon, and the sun saved its fleeting appearances for late in the day. Winds were calm to light with high temps in the upper 50s. Overnight, the cloud cover weakened significantly and about midnight, east winds sprang up at 15-20 mph with a peak gust of 29 at Newport. There was lots of blue sky this morning, a moderate easterly breeze and lows around 50F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 59F/52F/0.09”
Depoe Bay: 57F/46F/0.01”
Newport: 59F/46F/0.01”
Waldport: 58F/48F/0.03”
Yachats: 55F/47F/0.01”

Forecast: A short vacation from the cloudy weather is on tap for early today with a high around 60F. The east wind should be tapering off by this afternoon. Once again, though, the gray veil will be slowly pulled over the Central Coast today as clouds increase ahead of the next weather front. Low about 45F tonight with light southeast winds. Tomorrow, we’re back on the rain train with up to a quarter inch predicted, high of 55F, and continued light east winds. Outlook is for mostly cloudy skies, periods of sunshine, varying chances of rain, light winds, highs of 55F and lows around 45F. In other words, unsettled but mild.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open with foggy spots and temperatures around 40F warming to 60F today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays. Valley destinations have patchy fog this morning, but becoming sunny with forecast highs near 60F. In the Cascades, highways are below freezing with icy spots and ground fog. Carry chains or traction tires. The snow level is above the passes at 7,500 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 113”, a loss of 5” since yesterday, or 74% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/110/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 0/109/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/45/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/129/Packed Powder

Marine: The breeze has come around to the E this morning, 15-20 knots, with higher gusts near shore, but seas are unable to build much over 4 feet because they’re in direct opposition to the wind. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Winds are forecast to veer SE today and fade to 5-15 knots, which will allow seas to rise to about 6 feet. The same is expected tonight. Tomorrow, SE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, and a series of swell trains arrive pushing seas up to 10-12 feet. Outlook is for light southerly winds Thursday and wave heights dropping to 7 feet. Friday, NE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 5 feet. And on Saturday, the breeze goes SE again, 5-10 knots, with a swell of about 6 feet. There are no severe storms looming in the long term forecast.

On the Beach... Mostly sunny, breezy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
02/25 Tue 08:05 AM 8.86 H
02/25 Tue 03:11 PM -0.25 L
02/25 Tue 09:51 PM 7.01 H
02/26 Wed 03:02 AM 2.94 L

In Short: Partly cloudy, warm, rain, then showers.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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