Monday, Mar. 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: Spring with a capital ‘S’ was undeniably in the air yesterday as sunshine ruled and the mercury rose into the mid-50s after a frosty morning. Northwest winds weren’t impressive, either, so myriad outdoor activities unfolded unimpeded. Overnight, the first hint of a looming change showed itself in the form of a few high clouds. This morning, east winds were blowing 15-20 mph with a peak gust of 22 at Newport, and low temperatures in the 40s kept ice scrapers in the glove box.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/40F
Depoe Bay: 54F/35F
Forecast: By this time tomorrow, we’ll be using a lower-case ‘s’ for spring because it’ll be a completely different kind of day. Today could be the warmest of this recent stretch with a high of 60F or better, and winds should be light to moderate, easterly then trending southerly. Increasing clouds will herald the coming of a drastic transformation to wet weather for the foreseeable future. Rain is predicted to arrive late tonight along with south winds 15-20 mph gusting to 30, low temps in the upper 40s. Showers and possible thunderstorms are on tap for tomorrow, high of 55F and a southerly breeze 15-20 mph with higher gusts. Outlook is for showers Wednesday and Thursday, rain (possibly heavy at times) Friday and Saturday, and a return to showers on Sunday. Highs and lows hovering around 50F through the period.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range, near freezing, and have mostly bare pavement with icy spots possible in the higher elevations through mid-morning. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with no delays. Valley destinations have bare pavement with temps above freezing, warming to near 70F today. In the Cascades, highways are about 30F with spots of ice. The freezing level is 9,000 feet today. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 113”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 71% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/104/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 0/108/Hard Packed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/73/Powder
Marine: This may be the last day for quite a while with fairly benign conditions. This morning, winds are from the ESE at 10-12 knots and seas have fallen to 4 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The breeze is expected to hold at around 10 knots from the SE today and seas remain 4 feet or so. But, a Small Craft Advisory goes into effect this evening for S winds quickly increasing to 15-20 knots gusting 30 with wind waves of 6 feet. Tomorrow, S wind 20-25 knots gusting to gale force, 35 knots, by afternoon, combined seas building to 12-15 feet and a chance of thunderstorms over local waters. Outlook is for S wind easing to 10-15 knots with wave heights at 10-12 feet on Wednesday. For Thursday and Friday, southerlies 15-25 knots and 6 foot wind waves riding on a 10-15 foot swell.
On the Beach… Sunshine, moderate winds, surf 4-5 feet (low).
California gray whales are migrating north and Whale Watch Week, on now through Saturday, is a great time to see them. Central Coast locations staffed by volunteers to help you spot the whales include Spanish Head, Boiler Bay, Depoe Bay, Rocky Creek, Cape Foulweather, Devils Punchbowl, Yaquina Head and Don Davis Park.
03/24 Mon 01:34 PM 0.28 L
03/24 Mon 08:25 PM 6.25 H
03/25 Tue 01:32 AM 3.27 L
03/25 Tue 07:38 AM 7.8 H
In Short: Mostly sunny, increasing clouds, then wet and windy.