Sunday, Mar. 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: A rumble of thunder started our daylight hours yesterday along with a few soaking showers. Rainfall amounts were between a quarter and half an inch, Lincoln City received the most. Southwest winds were persistent at 20-35 mph with a peak gust of 46 mph recorded at Depoe Bay. Most of the dirtiest weather was in the morning and by afternoon there was abundant sunshine; the mercury climbed to around 55F. Overnight, the wind died and there was another shower just after midnight. This morning, broken overcast and calm winds opened the day, with lows in the low-40s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 55F/48F/0.54”/31mph
Depoe Bay: 53F/45F/0.29”/46mph
Forecast: If you don’t like the weather, don’t worry, it’ll change. Today looks like another one of those that will be a jumble of conditions – scattered showers, some decent shots of sunshine, calm to breezy, and a high in the low-50s. So, if you’re headed to the Oregon Coast Sportsman’s Expo at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, bring your full quota of clothing. Tonight, a chance of showers morphs into a chance of steady rain, low about 45F. You start the workweek tomorrow with rain, light southeast winds and a high of 50F. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of showers on Tuesday, Wednesday may be dry, and Thursday we’re back to rain likely. More rain on Friday and through the weekend.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with mostly wet pavement, possible spots of ice, showers and about 35F. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays. Valley destinations have bare pavement and scattered showers in the forecast today. In the Cascades, highways are currently near freezing with snow flurries and packed snow; carry chains or traction tires. The snow level is 3,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for alternating wet and dry pavement on the Central Coast, in the Coast Range and in the Valley. Cascade highway passes could receive up to two more inches of snow through tonight.
TRAVEL NOTE: Today would be a good time to remove your studded tires; they’ll be illegal after tomorrow, March 31st. Given the current weather forecasts, ODOT does not plan to extend the Oregon studded tire season.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 138”, a gain of 6” since yesterday, or 78% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 5/70/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 6/32/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 8/128/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 5/136/Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 2/39/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 6/110/Machine Groomed
Marine: The breeze has settled down considerably overnight. This morning it’s out of the W at 10-15 knots, but seas remain elevated, about 13 feet. So, don’t get your fishing gear out just yet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. For today, W winds of 10-15 knots will back to the S and come up to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by this afternoon, while wave heights subside to about 10 feet. Tonight, SSE winds 15-20 knots, seas dropping to 8 feet. Tomorrow, an E to SE breeze 10-15 knots with gusts to 20; seas remaining around 8 feet or so. Outlook is for relatively light conditions Tuesday through Thursday. S winds 10-20 knots with seas lowering to 5 feet. The next blow appears headed for local waters on Friday or Saturday.
On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, light wind, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/30 Sun 12:51 PM 8.38 H
03/30 Sun 06:48 PM 0.35 L
03/31 Mon 01:03 AM 9.10 H
03/31 Mon 07:23 AM -0.51 L
In Short: Scattered showers, light winds, then unsettled.