Friday, Mar. 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: Our latest storm is now in the book. The heaviest rain and strongest winds came early yesterday morning but were over by about 9:00am. Still, southwest winds 20-25 mph gusting 30 blew until dusk. Rainfall tapered off throughout the day with totals of around a quarter inch. Cloud cover continued, but at least very little moisture was leaking out. High and low temperatures were nearly steady around 50F. Overnight, there was drizzle and light rain at times with patches of fog developing early this morning. Daybreak winds of 10-12 mph essentially felt calm after yesterday’s blow.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/50F/0.37”
Depoe Bay: 52F/49F/0.10”
Forecast: The pause button has been pushed; and, as advertised, you’ll get a good look at the nearest star today. A mix of sun and clouds, light winds and a high near 60F will sanction extended trips outside of our lairs. Tonight, if you’re headed out to see “The Big Five-Oh” at Theatre West in Lincoln City, it should be dry with mostly cloudy skies. Overnight, overcast with a low of 45F or so. Tomorrow, the resume button gets pressed and we’re in for another round of rain, possibly heavy at times, and southerly winds ramping up to 20-25 mph gusting to 40 by nightfall. Outlook is for showers on Sunday, high near 50F, and southerly winds 10-15 mph. There’s a 50-50 chance of showers on Monday, and then we get to tap the stop button for a longer-term break in the extremely wet weather. Tuesday, mostly sunny, high 55F, followed by partly to mostly clear skies and minimal chances of showers through the remainder of the work week.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement, light rain showers and temperatures in the mid-40s; partly cloudy and dry this afternoon. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays. Valley destinations have damp pavement with partly clear skies and forecast highs near 60F today. In the Cascades, Highway 20 has slush and snow at Santiam Pass; Highway 26 at Government Camp is bare pavement; partly sunny today with the snow level at 4,500 feet, rising above the passes by tonight. Outlook for weekend travelers is for rain in the Coast Range and Valley by tomorrow afternoon, lasting through Sunday. In the Cascades, rain developing tomorrow with the snow level remaining above highway passes through Sunday night.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 109”, a gain of 6” since yesterday, or 73% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 4/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 4/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 4/109/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 7/110/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/47/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 13/86/Powder
Marine: Conditions are finally moderating somewhat this morning, with S winds down to 10-15 knots but seas remain elevated at 11-12 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 30 feet and less, and for uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect until 2:00pm this afternoon for hazardous seas to 13 feet, before subsiding to 9 feet late today. The breeze is forecast to drop to S 5-10 knots before nightfall. But this lull will be short-lived as another weather front comes in tomorrow packing southerlies 15-25 knots, possibly reaching gale force, and wind waves building to 5 feet on top of a 10-12 foot swell. These conditions are expected to last through Saturday night. Outlook is for decreasing S winds on Sunday, 10-15 knots, with seas dropping to 9-10 feet. Monday and Tuesday, NW winds 5-10 knots, wave heights slowly subsiding to 8 feet or so.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, light wind, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
03/07 Fri 11:05 AM 1.0 L
03/07 Fri 05:38 PM 6.03 H
03/07 Fri 10:44 PM 3.3 L
03/08 Sat 05:03 AM 7.73 H
In Short: Partial clearing, rainy and windy, then sunshine.