Sunday, Mar. 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: Morning low clouds helped keep a lid on the thermometer yesterday. Even with mostly sunny skies the remainder of the day, highs topped out in the low-50s. In the Valley, it hit 71F at McMinnville, and Hillsboro’s 69F tied their record high from 2005. Cool northwest winds blew 10-15 mph gusting 20 along the Central Coast during the afternoon, but they were gone by sunset. It was mostly clear overnight and lows dropped to the upper-30s. At daybreak, patchy fog and a handful of high cloud streaks lightly marred the blue sky and it was calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 55F/46F
Depoe Bay: 54F/42F
Forecast: You’ll get the full benefit of our first day of Daylight Saving Time with sunny skies and temps rising to about 60F this afternoon. Sunset moves to 7:12pm this evening, so there’ll be time for an after-dinner beach walk. Partly cloudy overnight, lows around 45F. Tomorrow, another mostly sunny day is on tap after patchy morning fog with highs of 60F and light northwest winds. Outlook is for a transition to wetter weather beginning Tuesday as clouds begin filling in and by Tuesday night there’s a 50-50 chance of rain. On Wednesday, rain is likely, turning to showers Thursday, then more sunshine Friday but another front may bring a chance of rain next weekend.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog and spots of ice possible early, mostly sunny with 65-70F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, sunshine and highs of 65-70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light east winds, temps around 65F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; mostly sunny, the free air freezing level is at 11,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly clear with dry pavement through tonight in all of Northwest Oregon including the mountains.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 35”; no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 2” in the past seven days; 73” less than this date last year; 92% 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”/soft spring, Summit lift open
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/granular, corn snow
Timberline 0”/48”/enjoy a great day of riding
Marine: Winds are light easterly nearshore this morning but blowing N 10-15 knots offshore; seas are 4-5 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. N winds 5-15 knots are expected today along with seas 4-5 feet at 10-14 seconds. Tonight, northerlies 5-10 knots but gusting 15 out past 10 miles and swells 3-4 feet at 14 seconds. The breeze backs to NW tomorrow 5-10 knots, swells 4 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for winds veering to SE on Tuesday, 5-10 knots, seas down to 3 feet. A front is predicted to arrive Wednesday packing S winds 20-25 knots and seas rapidly building to 10-12 feet. Look for moderating conditions on Thursday with S winds 10-20 knots and seas relaxing to 8 feet. Another weather system may affect local waters next weekend.
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.
03/08 Sun 08:40 AM 1.35 L
03/08 Sun 02:46 PM 7.36 H
03/08 Sun 08:42 PM 1.49 L
03/09 Mon 03:01 AM 8.05 H
In Short: Patchy fog, mainly clear, warm, light winds, then wet and windy midweek.