Friday, Mar. 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: Skies were fair yesterday with sunshine easily overpowering some high thin clouds. Mainly northwest winds blew during the afternoon 10 mph with a few gusts to 15 and high temperatures reached the upper-50s. And, just like a Summer day, the breeze died out after sunset. The Man in the Moon grinned as the sky remained mostly clear through the night. The thermometer kept Jack Frost locked in his lair as temps dipped to around 40F. At daybreak, there was light blue above and the customary hint of an easterly breeze.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 59F/44F
Depoe Bay: 58F/41F
Forecast: Blah, blah, blah; you’ve heard it all before. Today’s prediction mimics the vast majority of days during this bizarre and unique Winter as we look for mostly sunny skies, a high of 60F and light winds. Partly cloudy tonight and the mercury settles to just above 40F. More sunshine is in the cards tomorrow, maybe even a little warmer as highs aim for 60-65F. Outlook is for continued mainly clear through Monday with the thermometer cruising between 45F at night and 60F during the day. Tuesday, a change, finally. Computers and meteorologists are all on board now for a transition to wet weather sometime late Tuesday lasting through Thursday or Friday. However, the longer-range projections show a return to Winter 2014-15 ‘normal’ with clearing skies and warm temps after the brief bout of rain.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, spots of ice possible early, mostly sunny with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog then sunshine and highs of 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps around 65F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are 25-35F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is at 10,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mostly clear with dry pavement through Sunday night in all of Northwest Oregon including the mountains.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 36”; no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 3” in the past seven days; 67” 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”/1”/cosmic tubing tonight
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/frozen and loose granular
Timberline 0”/49”/enjoy a great day of riding
Marine: Light and variable winds, 5-10 knots, with a slight easterly component are the rule this morning with rounded 4 foot seas at 15 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Expect SE winds today, 5-10 knots, and a 4-5 foot swell at 14 seconds. Tonight, the breeze veers to NW 5-10 knots gusting 15, seas 5 feet at 13 seconds. The weekend and on through Monday looks pretty good for getting offshore with N winds 10 knots gusting 15 and swells 4-5 feet. Outlook is for SE winds on Tuesday, 10-15 knots, swells 4 feet, and then a chance of southerlies reaching 20-25 knots as a weather system impacts local waters Wednesday and Thursday.
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.
03/06 Fri 06:29 AM 1.71 L
03/06 Fri 12:31 PM 7.94 H
03/06 Fri 06:44 PM 0.75 L
03/07 Sat 01:05 AM 7.95 H
In Short: Partly cloudy, light winds, warm days, cool nights, then rain midweek.