Thursday, Mar. 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: Even though we’ve been hardened by a full six-pack of severe storms this Winter, the current one was certainly no sleeper. Winds generally peaked near 60 mph in Central Coast communities, with 68 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge and 88 mph at Mary’s Peak southeast of Newport. Rainfall totals were higher than with some of our other recent storms as we received nearly two inches since yesterday morning. Storm damage included several downed utility lines, trees and limbs; standing water was reported in spots; and a landslide closed Highway 34 for several hours. The wind was still blowing strong at daybreak, gusting to 55 mph or so, but the steady rain began turning to showers.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 57F/53F/1.99”/61 mph
Depoe Bay: 56F/51F/1.41”/51 mph
Newport: 59F/52F/1.45”/58 mph
Waldport: 59F/51F/1.51”/58 mph
Yachats: 60F/51F/1.82”/57 mph
Forecast: A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 10:00am this morning for the Central Coast. South winds steady at 30-40 mph with gusts 60-70 mph. The strongest winds will be on exposed beaches and headlands. Localized power outages and downed trees and power lines are possible. The breeze should be easing through the day to 25-35 mph by this afternoon, highs near 55F, a chance of thunderstorms and another quarter to half inch of rain. Tonight, mostly cloudy with a few showers, southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 30, low of 45F. Tomorrow, we get a break; there’s only a slight chance of showers, light winds, partly sunny and highs 55-60F. Outlook is for a short-lived hiatus, Friday night into Saturday morning, before the next storm system arrives bringing another deluge, but much less wind. Rain, heavy at times, is forecast for Saturday night through Sunday, showers Monday, and drying with at least partly sunny skies Tuesday and Wednesday. High temperatures 55-60F, lows 45-50F.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement, rain, wind and temperatures in the upper-40s. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays, but motorists in high-profile vehicles like RVs and trucks should be aware of strong winds early today which could make travel hazardous especially on bridges and overpasses. Valley destinations have a Wind Advisory in effect until 3:00pm today, wet pavement, rain and forecast highs near 60F. In the Cascades, a Winter Weather Advisory is posted for 4-8 inches of snow in the passes later today and tonight, along with gusty winds. Cascade highways currently have snow flurries, slush and temps in the upper-30s. The snow level drops to 4,500 feet today.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 103”, a loss of 5” since yesterday, or 72% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/106/Wet
Mt Hood Meadows 0/106/Variable
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/47/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 1/73/Powder
Marine: S winds remain high at 35-45 knots and combined seas have built to 18 feet this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Storm Warning is in effect until 10:00am for S winds 30-40 knots gusting to 50, seas 18 feet. By this afternoon, winds are expected to diminish to 20-25 knots gusting 30, but seas remain 17-18 feet. For tomorrow, S winds down to 10 knots with gusts to 15, seas subsiding to 10 feet. Outlook is for light SE wind early Saturday, but rising with another front to S 20-25 knots gusting 30 Saturday night, seas 9-10 feet. Sunday and Monday, wave heights back up to 12-15 feet, SW winds easing to 10-15 knots.
On the Beach… Rain, windy, surf 15-18 feet (moderate).
03/06 Thu 10:04 AM 0.72 L
03/06 Thu 04:25 PM 6.53 H
03/06 Thu 09:48 PM 2.7 L
03/07 Fri 04:09 AM 8.18 H
In Short: Rain, windy, then drying, sunbreaks, more rain.