Monday, Mar. 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: The disagreement wasn’t settled until dusk yesterday when southwest winds abruptly switched to northwest and the rain started. That ended a day-long clash between relatively dry and warm air over the Central Coast and an approaching wet and cool weather front approaching from the northwest with its sights set on us. It was a short confrontation, however, and by 2:00am the steady, heavy rain ended and holes opened in the overcast. Rainfall amounts were generally between a half and three-quarters of an inch. Winds kicked up to 20-30 mph, with a peak gust of 42 at Waldport, which also had the most precipitation. At daybreak, there was a mix of clouds and clearing with blustery northwest winds.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 54F/45F/0.47”/34mph
Depoe Bay: 52F/42F/0.50”/38mph
Forecast: There’ll be green everywhere you look. Foliage and folks will be wearin’ the green on this St. Patrick’s Day. And, Irish weather is on tap, along with the Guinness. A tartan blend of clouds, sun, showers and gusty northwest winds will shape conditions today. There’s a chance for rainbows, too, so all good leprechauns should be on the hunt for that Pot O’ Gold. It’ll be cooler, with highs stretching to reach 50F. This is also a day for even-steven daylight/dark – sunrise was 7:24am and sunset is 7:24pm. Tonight, the mercury drops to 35F or so with continuing northwest winds, and a 50-50 chance of rain. For tomorrow, mostly cloudy, a diminishing chance of showers, high again about 50F. Outlook is for rain likely on Wednesday, partly sunny Thursday, then mostly sunny Friday and into the weekend. Highs 50-55F, lows around 40F through the extended period.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with temps in the mid-30s, mostly wet pavement with icy spots, and temps warming to 50F. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays but possible icy spots on the headlands. Valley destinations have wet pavement and about 40F this morning warming to 50F with showers today. In the Cascades, highways are snow covered and chains or traction tires are required. The snow level is about 2,500 feet and another couple inches of snow are predicted today and tonight.
Cascades Snow Pack: (No report, USDA Snow Survey technical problems)
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 5/108/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 8/113/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 6/32/Powder
Timberline Lodge 16/89/Powder
Marine: It’s still breezy on the ocean this morning, 20-25 knots, but the wind direction has veered around to the NW. Seas have subsided some, though they remain above 14 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for NW winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 is in effect until 2:00pm this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas 12-14 feet is posted through this evening. By tonight, the breeze is expected to drop to NW 10-15 gusting 20, and seas subside to about 10 feet. Tomorrow, W winds down to 5-10 knots and wave heights drop to 8 feet. Outlook is for N to NW winds the rest of the week, 10-20 knots with seas 8-11 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, sun, rainbows, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
This is the time of year when many more visitors, including Spring Breakers and Whale Watchers, start coming to the Central Coast. For a safe and enjoyable visit, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/17 Mon 01:38 PM 7.76 H
03/17 Mon 07:37 PM 1.03 L
03/18 Tue 01:52 AM 8.3 H
03/18 Tue 08:07 AM 0.66 L
In Short: Partly cloudy, showers, windy, then continued unsettled.