WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY


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Weather or Not: Strong Spring Storm

Chris Burns Weather

Thursday, Mar. 27th – Lincoln County

Summary: Yesterday was another one of those when you needed a complete wardrobe arsenal. Though it was mostly cloudy with showers, there were a few sunbreaks and the southwest winds held off until around noon when they kicked up again. Highs were in the low-50s. Rainfall totals and wind gusts varied with the location of the heaviest showers; Yachats had the highest numbers for both. The breezy and showery pattern continued overnight with occasional glimpses of the stars. At daybreak, southerly winds were about 15-20 mph, the mercury was in the low-40s and a few holes punctured the overcast.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 53F/47F/0.39”/35mph
Depoe Bay: 51F/46F/0.25”/38mph
Newport: 52F/46F/0.26”/36mph
Waldport: 52F/47F/0.44”/35mph
Yachats: 52F/47F/0.75”/45mph

Forecast: The National Weather Service this morning issued a Special Weather Statement covering the next 72 hours. A very wet and strong Spring storm is expected to impact the Northwest this evening through much of the weekend. This storm will be active tonight and tomorrow, and produce increasing rain and wind across our area. The warm front with this system will bring the first surge of rain to the Central Coast tonight. The associated cold front will then remain over us tomorrow generating moderate to heavy rain at times through the day.

The latest projections for total rainfall from tonight through tomorrow evening are very substantial at 2 to 5 inches along the Central Coast and in the Coast Range. Plan on moderate to sharp rises for small streams and rivers Friday and Friday night, but general flooding is not expected at this time.

Landslides are already being reported around the region under saturated soil conditions. Additional landslides are certainly not out of the question, especially around the Coast Range.

Additionally, south winds will increase early tomorrow on the Central Coast to 15-30 mph with gusts of 40-50 mph. The strongest winds will be on exposed headlands and open beaches. The waterlogged ground may combine with leafing trees and could result in tree damage or toppling, even with wind gusts of 30-35 mph.

Outlook is for additional rain on Saturday and showers on Sunday. Rain is likely again Monday with showers on Tuesday. Highs during the period 50-55F, lows about 45F. On the horizon, another storm is possible by next Wednesday.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement and about 45F. Highway 6 is closed between Tillamook and Banks due to a landslide at Milepost 32, but should reopen later today. 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 packed snow; chains or traction tires are required. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 5:00pm this afternoon for accumulating snow in the passes, up to several inches. The snow level is 3,500 feet rising to 4,500 feet tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 120”, a gain of 6” since yesterday, or 72% of normal.

Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 5/53/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Closed Mon-Thu
Mt Bachelor 2/106/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 4/118/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 4/77/Powder

Cascadia: Today is the 50th anniversary of Alaska’s 9.2 earthquake (second largest ever recorded) and the ensuing tsunami of March 27, 1964. Read more about it here. A tsunami from that quake hit the Central Coast and claimed the lives of four children at Beverly Beach State Park north of Newport. The big wave swept them out to sea while they were camping on the sand with their parents. (Teachers, click here. for a website devoted to helping your students understand the power of The Great Alaska Earthquake and similar ones predicted for our area.)

Marine: Winds are out of the W this morning at 15-25 knots and swells are 14 feet with 7 foot wind waves. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening when it gets replaced by a Gale Watch through tomorrow. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in place through this evening. Today, SW winds 20-25 knots with a 12 foot swell. Tonight, S winds 20-25 knots gusting to 30 with higher gusts near shore, seas running 9-10 feet and wind waves near 7 feet. Tomorrow, S winds continue in the 20-25 knot range with gusts to 30 in the morning. Outlook is for southerly winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 through the weekend with seas of 10-15 feet.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 10-13 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.
Tides
03/27 Thu 10:02 AM 8.11 H
03/27 Thu 04:35 PM -0.19 L
03/27 Thu 11:05 PM 7.87 H
03/28 Fri 04:57 AM 1.3 L

In Short: Showers, heavy rain, windy, then wet and breezy.

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