Friday, Mar. 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: Yes, it’s officially Spring, but Winter’s last man standing, Jack Frost, can’t seem to find the exit. This morning’s lows along the Central Coast dipped close to freezing with fairly heavy frost in most areas covering cars, rooftops and lawns. That came on the heels of yesterday’s Spring opener replete with sunshine and highs around 50F. A chilly north wind tempered the day, blowing 15-20 with a peak gust of 28 recorded at Waldport. Skies remained totally clear overnight and the wind fell light. Blue sky at daybreak, cold, and an east wind less than 10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 54F/39F
Depoe Bay: 49F/34F
Forecast: The breeze will probably be the primary influence on today’s comfort level. Sunny skies, sure, but a high of only 50F and a north wind predicted to build to 20-25 mph gusting 30 will keep a nip in the air for our first full day of Spring. Tomorrow, the wind should be fading substantially and the high rising to 55F or better. For Sunday, continued sunny with the thermometer closing in on 60F. Outlook is for sunshine and temps of 60F or higher on Monday. But the warm, dry and clear regime starts falling apart Monday night as we enter an extended period of wet, possibly windy, and unsettled conditions for the rest of next week. Highs in the low-50s, lows in the mid-40s.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range, below freezing with mostly bare pavement, and icy patches are expected through mid-morning. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with possible icy spots on the headlands. Valley destinations have mostly dry pavement with temps just above freezing and some patches of frost. In the Cascades, passes are well below freezing with spots of ice. The freezing level is 4,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers on Coast Range, Valley and Cascades highways is for mostly bare pavement with spots of ice nights and mornings through Sunday.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 76% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/107/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 2/111/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 2/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 2/95/Powder
Marine: Still trying to find a weather window for sport salmon fishermen to get out on the ocean, but no joy today. This morning, winds offshore are NNE 20-25 knots, though lighter near shore, and seas are running 9 feet with 5 foot wind waves, so it’s really lumpy. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay Bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through late tonight for northerly winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 increasing to 20-25 knots gusting 30. Seas will remain choppy at 7 feet with 6 foot wind waves. Tonight, N winds 20-25 knots easing to 15-20 knots after midnight, seas 7 feet. Tomorrow, conditions look a little better with the northerly breeze dropping to 10-15 knots gusting 20 and a W swell of 6 feet. On Sunday there may be a chance for sport fishermen to go offshore; NE wind 10-15 knots easing to 5-10 knots by afternoon, seas 7 feet. Outlook is for southerlies 20-25 knots Monday and Tuesday with seas rising from 7 feet to 11-12 feet. Additional weather systems are predicted through the next week with gales and seas in the teens not out of the question.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
SOLV Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup is tomorrow. Details here.
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/21 Fri 10:20 AM 0.31 L
03/21 Fri 04:47 PM 6.45 H
03/21 Fri 10:03 PM 2.71 L
03/22 Sat 04:19 AM 8.32 H
In Short: Mostly clear, windy, then wet and unsettled.