Monday, Mar. 31st – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday panned out quite nicely for visitors and locals enjoying the last day of Spring Break. After scattered showers in the morning, it was mostly sunny the rest of the day. Highs were in the low-50s, though it was a smidge breezy at times. Winds were southwest during midday at 15-20 mph with a peak gust of 29 at Yachats. The breeze fell to a light easterly at sunset. Clear skies and light winds prevailed overnight with the thermometer dipping close to 40F. Clouds from an approaching front arrived about 6:00am and by daybreak a few raindrops were falling.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/46F/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 51F/42F/0.01”
Forecast: True to the adage, March roared in like a lion with very stormy weather. But it looks like it’ll go out like a lamb, though a wet one. Rain is forecast today, but unlike the beginning of the month, there isn’t much wind associated with this weather system. High today around 50F. More light rain tonight, low of 45F. For tomorrow, a chance of rain in the morning and then we start drying out; skies are expected to be mostly to partly cloudy with highs in the low-50s. Outlook is for a mix of sun and clouds on Wednesday and a little warmer with temps hitting 55F or better. There’s a 50-50 chance of rain Thursday, a shower or two on Friday, followed by another wet system for the weekend.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with dry pavement, about 40F and rain expected today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with no delays. Valley destinations have bare pavement and rain in the forecast. In the Cascades, highways are currently below freezing with spots of ice; carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 3,000 feet. There’s a chance of snow in the passes today and tonight.
TRAVEL NOTE: Remove your studded tires today; they’ll be illegal beginning tomorrow, April 1st. Given the current weather forecast, ODOT does not plan to extend the Oregon studded tire season.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 137”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 80% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo – Open Sat/Sun only
Willamette Pass – Closed
Mt Bachelor 3/127/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 2/135/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 4/41/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 4/114/Machine Groomed
Marine: It’s lumpy offshore this morning with winds out of the SSE at 20-25 knots and square seas, 8 feet at 8 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. SE winds are forecast to continue today at 15-20 knots with some higher gusts, wave heights 7-8 feet and 4 foot wind waves, rain. Tonight, a southerly breeze of 5-10 knots gusting 15 is expected with seas around 7 feet. Tomorrow, finally, a light day with S winds 5-10 knots, seas hovering around 7 feet. Outlook is for light westerlies on Wednesday with a 4 foot swell. Winds back to S again Thursday and Friday, 10-20 knots, and seas building to 8 feet. For the weekend, SW winds 15-20 knots with wave heights of 10-13 feet possible.
On the Beach… Rain, light breeze, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
LIGHTHOUSE: The Bureau of Land Management at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area has closed the historic Yaquina Head Lighthouse to the public from today through Saturday, April 5th, for annual maintenance. The lighthouse will re-open on Sunday, April 6th.
WHALES: Whale Watch Week was a rousing success despite sometimes sloppy weather. A total of 11,507 people experienced 1,226 whale sightings over the seven days.
03/31 Mon 01:40 PM 8.18 H
03/31 Mon 07:29 PM 0.81 L
04/01 Tue 01:41 AM 9.14 H
04/01 Tue 08:08 AM -0.67 L
In Short: Rain, light wind, then showers and drying.