Monday, Mar. 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: Sunday was a good day for a hearty bowl of the proverbial pea soup. We were socked in as relatively dense and consistent fog permeated the Central Coast after the door slammed shut on the latest storm. Winds went completely calm, and with all the moisture on and in the ground, humidity hit a hundred percent and stayed that way all day. Visibility was under a quarter mile at times, temps were in the mid-50s, and light rain showers compounded the dampness. The fog evaporated about 3:00am this morning as a NW wind developed. There were gusts to 30 mph just before daybreak, and lows dropped into the mid-40s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/50F/0.21”
Depoe Bay: 51F/48F/0.02”
Forecast: It’ll be one of those ‘tweeners today as moist, unstable air slowly filters out and dry, stable weather leisurely works its way in. Look for a wide assortment of clouds, showers, possible thunderstorms, sunbreaks, brisk northwest winds and a high around 50F. Tonight, the clouds dissipate further and the mercury drops to 40F or a bit lower. Tomorrow, you’ll need your shades as we’re expecting sunny skies and a high near 60F, with a bit of east wind. Ditto for Wednesday. Outlook is for mostly clear again on Thursday, high about 60F. Friday there’s a chance of showers, but it appears to be a minor disturbance and we should be back to at least partly sunny over the weekend.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement and temperatures in the low-40s; showers and a high of 50F is the mountain forecast today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays. Valley destinations have wet pavement and showers. In the Cascades, a Winter Weather Advisory is posted through 4:00pm for 2-3 inches of snow at the passes. Highways are near freezing with rain, snow and slush this morning. The snow level is 4,000 feet, dropping to 3,000 feet today. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 103”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 70% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 2/104/Wet
Mt Hood Meadows 1/106/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/37/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/73/Powder
Cascadia: A powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck on the south end of the Cascadia Subduction Zone at 10:18pm last night about 50 miles west of Eureka, California. In Oregon, the tremor was felt at Gold Beach, Brookings, North Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, McMinnville, Portland and many other locations; there were no reports from the Central Coast. A tsunami was not generated.
Marine: The breeze has come around to the NW this morning at 10-15 knots and seas are holding just under 10 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels and uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The pattern of NW flow with winds 10-15 knots and some higher gusts is expected to continue today with seas dropping to about 7 feet. N winds tonight, 10 knots gusting 15, seas 6-7 feet. Tomorrow, a bit of offshore NE breeze 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas remaining 6 feet or so. Outlook is for northerlies 5-15 knots with gusts to 20 through Thursday, wave heights building to 12-13 feet Wednesday, subsiding Thursday. S winds on Friday with a W swell about 9 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
03/10 Mon 08:16 AM 7.25 H
03/10 Mon 03:26 PM 1.09 L
03/10 Mon 10:16 PM 6.18 H
03/11 Tue 03:22 AM 3.56 L
In Short: Showers, mostly cloudy, cooler, then clearing.