Wednesday, Mar. 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: Cool and unstable air behind a cold front fashioned an amusing assortment of weather yesterday, including a stretch of sunshine in mid-afternoon that was long enough to briefly dry the roads. The high was about 55F. Showers, some heavy, rolled in off the ocean from time to time and southwest winds blew steadily at 25-35 mph for most of the day. The peak gust on the Central Coast was 56 mph at the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Lincoln City had the most intense showers of the day producing wind gusts to 50 mph and over an inch of rain. Showers continued overnight into this morning with low temps in the mid-40s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 55F/47F/1.16”/50mph
Depoe Bay: 53F/45F/0.60”/41mph
Forecast: According to the updated Special Weather Statement from the National Weather Service, we’re in for the long haul. Showers, periods of continuous rain, heavy at times, potential thunderstorm activity and blustery winds are forecast for the next 7-10 days. Today, showers and possible thunderstorms, high of 55F, and southwest winds 15-20 mph with gusts to 35 or higher. For tonight and tomorrow, showers continue along with the southwest breeze. Rainfall totals around an inch or so; highs in the low-50s, lows in the mid-40s. Occasional sucker holes (sunbreaks) are probable, too, under this showery, unstable regime. Outlook is for the heaviest steady rain to arrive Thursday night and Friday. We could receive an additional two inches of precipitation along with southwest winds gusting to 30-35 mph. Showers and windy conditions remain likely for the weekend, with more rain next week.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement and about 40F. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays. Valley destinations have wet pavement and showers forecast today. In the Cascades, highways are currently below freezing with slush and snow pack. A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at 5:00pm this afternoon for accumulating snow in the passes, up to a few inches. The snow level is 4,000 feet dropping to 3,000 feet tonight. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 114”, a gain 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/Closed Mon-Thu
Mt Bachelor 3/103/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 4/110/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 4/77/Powder
Marine: Angry ocean conditions are still in play this morning. SSW winds are blowing 15-25 knots, the swell is 11 feet and 5 foot wind waves are chopping it up. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for all recreational vessels, and for uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 24 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect through Thursday evening. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is also posted through tomorrow night. Today, SW winds 20-25 knots with wave heights 10-12 feet. A SW breeze of 20-25 knots is expected to include gale force gusts to 35 knots tonight, seas remaining 10-12 feet with 5 foot wind waves. Tomorrow, W winds 20-25 knots with gusts to 35 and an 11-13 foot swell. Outlook is for southerly winds 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 or higher and seas 10-15 feet Friday and on through the weekend.
On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
California gray whales are migrating north and Whale Watch Week, on now through Saturday, is a great time to see them when weather allows. 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.
03/26 Wed 08:54 AM 7.89 H
03/26 Wed 03:42 PM -0.07 L
03/26 Wed 10:20 PM 7.27 H
03/27 Thu 04:00 AM 2.11 L
In Short: Showers, windy, then rainy and breezy.