Wednesday, Mar. 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: The Sun reigned over our area again yesterday engendering persistent unseasonably high temperature readings ranging through the 50s; Lincoln City was the warmest. North-northwest winds blew 10-15 mph from noon to sunset putting a cool twist on the afternoon. Clear skies prevailed during the evening and overnight leaving the door open for Jack Frost to perform his magic early this morning. At daybreak, early risers were scraping Jack’s handiwork from their windshields under a clear sky and light east winds. It’s much colder east of the Cascades with 8F in Meacham being the state’s lowest temperature.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/36F
Depoe Bay: 56F/33F
Forecast: Static, stagnant, still, stationary, silent – pick one. No changes are predicted for the foreseeable future as mostly sunny days, patchy morning fog and clear nights dominate Central Coast weather over the next several days, maybe a week. The mercury is expected to top out at 55-60F each day and dip to around 40F at night. Winds should remain light throughout the period. Computer models are hinting at a transition to wet weather by next Tuesday or Wednesday, but the jury is still out.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice and patchy fog early, then sunny with 55F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east winds, temps 55-60F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on Willamette and Santiam Passes this morning, but bare pavement at Government Camp, temperatures are 20-30F; sunny, light winds, the free air freezing level is at 5,500 feet rising to 6,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”; no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 74” 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: The breeze is light NE 5-10 knots this morning and seas are negligible, 4 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Mainly N winds 5-15 knots are predicted from today through Sunday, with a brief interlude of light SE wind 10 knots on Friday. Swells are projected to remain 3-5 feet with periods of 10-12 seconds.
On the Beach… Sunny, light breeze, surf 2 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/04 Wed 11:18 AM 8.17 H
03/04 Wed 05:46 PM 0.35 L
03/05 Thu 12:11 AM 7.65 H
03/05 Thu 05:55 AM 1.99 L
In Short: Mainly clear, patchy fog, light winds, warm days, cool nights, ad infinitum.