Sunday, Mar. 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: Wall to wall sunshine with highs near 60F made yesterday another unseasonably pleasant one. There was a minor chilling effect from the northeast winds that blew through much of the day at 10-15 mph with gusts into the 20s, but it didn’t seem to hinder activities in the great outdoors. Clear skies and cold air seeping in from the east brought temperatures down into the upper-30s by early evening. The northeast breeze fell light overnight allowing the mercury to drop even further. Lows were around the freezing mark. At daybreak, Jack Frost’s handiwork was readily apparent and skies were clear with a light east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 59F/37F
Depoe Bay: 59F/33F
Forecast: We’re coming into March like a lamb, but it may have been shorn for a wool coat this morning with the crisp, frosty air. The lamb won’t need its wool, anyway, as the day progresses when mostly sunny skies prevail and the thermometer makes a run at 55F. Conditions should be ideal for today’s Lincoln City Half Marathon. Increasing clouds are expected later with rain likely by tonight and low temps of 40-45F. Tomorrow, look for a slight chance of showers in the morning and then gradual clearing; high temperatures might be a little cooler at 50-55F. Outlook is for this Winter’s typical, albeit remarkable, pattern of mostly clear skies and above average temps between 40F and 55F all week, with the possible exception of a frail disturbance spawning some clouds on Thursday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice early, mostly sunny, with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, light winds, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow at Willamette Pass, spots of ice on Santiam Pass and bare pavement at Government Camp this morning, temperatures are 20-25F; mostly sunny, the freezing level rising to 4,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is mainly dry pavement through this evening; in the Cascades, partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers on the passes tonight.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 37”, no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 66” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 1”/52”/packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/33”/carveable hardpack
Timberline 0”/50”/a great day for riding
Marine: Seas are down to 5 feet at 9 seconds with NE winds 5-15 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from late tonight through tomorrow morning beyond 10 miles offshore. N to NE winds 10 knots early today, becoming NW and rising to 10-15 knots this afternoon, swells 4-5 feet at 9 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, northerly winds 10-15 knots nearshore, but 15-20 knots gusting 25 in the outer waters, with swells 5-6 feet and windwaves 3-5 feet. Outlook is for E to NE winds 10 knots Tuesday through Thursday, swells 4-5 feet.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/01 Sun 09:06 AM 8.03 H
03/01 Sun 03:59 PM 0.41 L
03/01 Sun 10:38 PM 6.95 H
03/02 Mon 03:58 AM 3.03 L
In Short: Mainly clear, light winds, increasing clouds, rain, then fair and mild.