Tuesday, Mar. 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: The shades of green were brilliant with ample sunshine and partly cloudy skies on St. Patty’s Day. The luck of the Irish prevailed as the threatened showers failed to materialize (except for a brief burst just north of Lincoln City) and high temperatures climbed to around 50F. A northwest wind of 15-25 mph kept celebrations cool but no one seemed to mind, given the cheerful sky. The northwest breeze died just before dark and has been light from the east since, and more clouds have been drifting in. Early this morning, broken overcast allowed a stellar apparition of the waning gibbous Moon, Mars and Saturn. Lows near 35F and mostly cloudy skies prevailed at daybreak.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 52F/43F
Depoe Bay: 49F/39F
Forecast: We have a mix of sun and clouds in the forecast today, just ahead of another minor weather disturbance headed our way; high this afternoon in the low-50s. Mostly cloudy tonight with a low of 40F. Tomorrow, we get tagged by the tail end of a front making landfall to our north; rain is likely, though amounts should be fairly light, probably less than a tenth of an inch. High tomorrow again in the low 50s. Outlook is for a slight chance of showers on Thursday (the first day of Spring). Then a more seasonal pattern of partly to mostly sunny through the weekend with highs near 55F, lows about 45F, and gusty northwest winds at times.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with temps in the mid-30s, mostly bare pavement with icy spots, and temps warming to 50F. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with no delays. Valley destinations have mostly bare pavement. Corvallis is near freezing this morning with possible icy spots, but warming to 55F today. Portland is 40F, dry but expecting rain later. In the Cascades, temperatures are in the low-20s. Highway 26 at Government Camp has packed snow and slush; Highway 20 at Santiam Pass is mostly bare pavement with icy spots. The freezing level is 3,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 120”, a gain of 6” since yesterday, or 73% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 8/56/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 1/112/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 9/115/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 6/32/Powder
Timberline Lodge 16/89/Powder
Marine: Even though the sport ocean salmon season is now open, recreational craft have had trouble getting out in the rough conditions. But this morning the situation has mellowed considerably. Winds are down to SSW 5-10 knots and seas have fallen to 8 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Today, the breeze should stay under 10 knots out of the SW with seas 7-9 feet. The wind veers N tonight, 10-15 knots and a 7 foot swell is predicted. Tomorrow and tomorrow night, another small front is expected to bring NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 along with seas rising to 10-12 feet. Outlook is for a summerlike pattern Thursday through Sunday with sunshine, NW winds rising to 20-25 knots in the afternoons and evenings, and wave heights in the range of 6-8 feet.
On the Beach… Sun and clouds, light breeze, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/18 Tue 02:19 PM 7.55 H
03/18 Tue 08:09 PM 1.38 L
03/19 Wed 02:23 AM 8.44 H
03/19 Wed 08:47 AM 0.45 L
In Short: Partly to mostly cloudy, light wind, rain, then clearing.