Tuesday, Mar. 3rd – Lincoln County
Summary: As has been the case all Winter, most weather systems can’t gain any long-term traction. Sure, they roll through once in a while, but consistent high pressure over the Pacific Ocean quickly rebounds and we’re dry and mainly clear again. Yesterday was a prime example of this pattern as Sunday night’s overcast and showers were knocked down to fleecy, fleeting clouds after lunch and sunny skies triumphed by late afternoon. The mercury rose into the 50s and Summer-like northwest winds blew 10-15 mph gusting 20 or so. After sunset, Venus was shining brightly off to the west, Jupiter and the waxing gibbous Moon ruled the eastern sky. This morning, Jack was back, frosting parts of our area as temps dipped to around freezing.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/37F
Depoe Bay: 53F/33F
Forecast: Same old, same old weather is in store for the Central Coast for the week ahead. With only minor variations, we can anticipate mostly sunny days, clear nights, patchy fog, light northeast winds and temperatures ranging from 55-60F during daylight to 35-45F at night. The latest extended outlook does show a possible short-term change to wet conditions developing in about a week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine, except some fog near Eugene, and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east winds, temps around 55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on all highway passes this morning, temperatures are 20-30F; sunny, the freezing level is at the surface.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”; no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 70” 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 0”/50”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/12”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/carveable hardpack
Timberline 0”/50”/enjoy a great day of riding
Marine: As usual, there is a light easterly breeze nearshore this morning and NE winds 10-15 knots offshore with seas 6 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 18 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. High pressure is predicted to dominate the week’s ocean weather with Spring-like, mellow conditions. So, for today through Saturday, N to NE winds 10 knots occasionally gusting 15 and swells 4-6 feet with periods slowly lengthening from 8 seconds to 12 by week’s end.
On the Beach… Sunny, light breeze, surf 4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/03 Tue 10:39 AM 8.16 H
03/03 Tue 05:14 PM 0.29 L
03/03 Tue 11:43 PM 7.44 H
03/04 Wed 05:19 AM 2.31 L
In Short: Mainly clear, light winds, then repeat.