Wednesday, Mar. 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: It wasn’t exceptionally warm, in the low-50s, but plenty of sunshine drew visiting Spring Breakers and Whale Watchers out to the beaches and headlands yesterday. Northwest winds of 10-20 mph chilled the air from mid-morning until dark, when it went calm. There was no precipitation recorded along the Central Coast on Tuesday. Another elegant sunset closed out the daylight hours and mid-level clouds began thickening overnight. Daybreak conditions included mostly cloudy skies with a peek-a-boo Moon, light wind from the east, some patchy fog and a low around 40F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 53F/43F
Depoe Bay: 51F/40F
Forecast: This is your last chance to complete any projects that were filed under the category of “I’ll get to that this Winter.” It’s the final full day of Winter 2013-14. Today’s weather will be typical for this time of year with a high in the low-50s, some light rain showers and west winds 10-15 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, a slight chance of showers, low of 40F. Tomorrow, we’ll be drying out again with the return of sunshine under partly cloudy skies and a high of 50F. Outlook is for sunny days and clear nights Friday through Sunday. Highs up to 55F or better; overnight lows in the low-40s. But before you get out the patio furniture, long term projections show another wet period developing by early next week.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with temps around 40F, bare pavement and a chance of rain predicted by late morning. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with no delays. Valley destinations have dry pavement with temps around 40F and rain in this afternoon’s forecast. In the Cascades, highways are mostly bare but with a few spots of ice, temperatures in the low-20s and light snow is predicted later today and tonight, maybe an inch or two. The freezing level is 4,000 feet and dropping. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 118”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 73% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 6/32/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/109/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 0/113/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 1/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 4/93/Powder
Marine: Light winds out of the NNW 5-10 knots continue this morning with seas at 8 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Conditions are expected to deteriorate with W winds gusting to 20 knots this afternoon and tonight, and a Small Craft Advisory in effect from 2:00pm today through Thursday morning for hazardous seas building to 10 feet or a little higher. Tomorrow, N winds 10-15 knots, seas 10-12 feet. Outlook is for northerly breezes Friday and on through the weekend, 20-25 knots, highest in the late afternoons and evenings, with seas 6-8 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, light wind, surf 8-9 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/19 Wed 08:47 AM 0.45 L
03/19 Wed 03:03 PM 7.24 H
03/19 Wed 08:42 PM 1.8 L
03/20 Thu 02:56 AM 8.5 H
In Short: Mostly cloudy, showers, then clearing.