WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY


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Weather or Not: Time to Build an Ark?

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, Mar. 29th – Lincoln County

Summary: The steady rain turned to showers by midday yesterday and overall precipitation was under an inch. Central Coast rainfall totals so far this month are only about three-quarters of an inch above normal for March. Meanwhile, Portland had record rainfall for the day of 1.69” which wiped out the old record of 1.25” set in 1943. McMinnville also broke its record for the date with 1.49”, surpassing 1.47” also set in 1943. So, for once, inland areas got drenched more severely than the coast. Yesterday’s high temps were in the low-50s, lows around 50F, and southwest winds came in as predicted with gusts of 40-50 mph. This morning, winds were 25-35 mph, gusting higher, and fairly heavy showers continued.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 55F/51F/0.80”/40mph
Depoe Bay: 52F/48F/0.37”/44mph
Newport: 52F/48F/0.55”/45mph
Waldport: 53F/50F/0.43”/44mph
Yachats: 51F/47F/0.91”/50mph

Forecast: For those planning to see the new blockbuster movie, “Noah,” this weekend, you’ll have the fitting bonus experience of walking in the rain on your way into the theater. While we’re not predicting 40 days and 40 nights of rain, the near- and long-term forecasts are replete with copious amounts of precipitation. Today, showers, heavy at times, possible thunderstorms, gusty southwest winds 20-25 mph with gusts to 40, and high temperatures in the low-50s. Breezy with more showers tonight, possible thunderstorms and lows in the low-40s. Showers remain likely tomorrow, high about 50F and wind a smidge lighter. Outlook is for rain on Monday and then showers through the remainder of the week. Now, where are those construction plans for the Ark?

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement, showers and about 45F. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays. Valley destinations have wet pavement with areas of standing water and showers in the forecast today. In the Cascades, highways are currently near freezing with snow flurries, packed snow, slush and spots of ice; carry chains or traction tires. The snow level is 3,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for wet roads and highways on the Central Coast, in the Coast Range and in the Valley. Cascades highway passes could receive up to several more inches of snow through the weekend making mountain travel hazardous at times.

TRAVEL NOTE: This weekend would be a good time to remove your studded tires; they’ll be illegal after this Monday, March 31st. Given the current weather forecasts, ODOT does not plan to extend the Oregon studded tire season.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 132”, a gain of 4” since yesterday, or 78% of normal.

Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 3/65/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 11/127/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 11/133/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/37/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 15/104/Powder

Marine: No improvement in conditions this morning, and none is predicted for the next several days. SSW winds are howling at 25-30 knots with gale force gusts, and steep short-period combined seas are 10-12 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. A Gale Warning is in effect until 2:00pm this afternoon, and may be extended into this evening. SW winds 25-30 knots gusting 35 are expected today with wave heights building to 15 feet. For tonight, the SW breeze subsides a little to 15-25 knots, and square seas of 13 feet at 13 seconds are projected. Tomorrow, SW wind 15 knots early, but rebuilding to 20-25 knots by afternoon; W swells at 12-14 feet. Outlook is for a strong SE gale Sunday night into early Monday with winds 25-30 knots gusting 35-45 knots and combined seas of 13-15 feet. A bit of a break on Tuesday as the breeze comes around to the NW 10-15 knots, swells about 9 feet. Wednesday, a return to southerlies 25-30 knots, combined seas 10 feet. Another gale is possible on Thursday.

On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
This is the last day of Whale Watch Week, but weather conditions aren’t very favorable for seeing whales. If you’d like to try, anyway, Central Coast locations staffed by volunteers to help you spot migrating California whales include Spanish Head, Boiler Bay, Depoe Bay, Rocky Creek, Cape Foulweather, Devils Punchbowl, Yaquina Head and Don Davis Park.
Tides
03/28 Fri 11:03 AM 8.32 H
03/28 Fri 05:22 PM -0.16 L
03/28 Fri 11:46 PM 8.42 H
03/29 Sat 05:49 AM 0.53 L

In Short: Showers, chance of thunderstorms, windy, then wet and breezy.

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