Wednesday, Mar. 11th – Lincoln County
Summary: Pale sunshine held on as long as it could yesterday, but it was a losing battle as clouds thickened ahead of an approaching weather system. There were a few clearing periods, but these last gasps had little effect on the onslaught of our first storm in quite some time. The mercury rose to 55-60F; Yachats hit 63F for the highest temp locally. Scattered clouds overnight gave way to full overcast early this morning with light rain falling occasionally. Lows slipped slightly into the low-50s. At daybreak, the southerly wind was building rapidly, gusting into the 30s, and some spotty rain was falling.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/44F/37mph/0.03”
Depoe Bay: 56F/44F/36mph/0.01”
Forecast: This morning’s wind heralds the arrival of a moderate disturbance which is expected to begin producing heavier rainfall through the day. Temperatures will probably hover around 55F and winds could gust as high as 40 mph; there’s already been a gust of 43 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The rain turns to showers tonight and the breeze is predicted to ease to 15-20 mph. The thermometer dips to 50F or so. Tomorrow, we’re out of the woods with only a slight chance of showers, partly sunny skies and a high near 60F. Outlook is for partly sunny and mild on Friday, too, and then a stronger and wetter storm is forecast for the weekend with an inch or better of tropically-induced precipitation and south winds 20-40 mph. A slight chance of showers and partly sunny skies are in the crystal ball for Monday and Tuesday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rainy and windy with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting occasional rain and a high of 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light west wind, temps around 60F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are near 40F; occasional rain, the snow level is above the highway passes at 6,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 33”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 3” in the past seven days; 80” less than this date last year; 92% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack). NOTE: The National Weather Service has issued its Spring and Summer Outlook for Oregon’s water supply, snow pack and flood potential. Read it here.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/46”/soft spring
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/granular, dusting of new
Timberline 0”/46”/spring passes available
Marine: The wind is ramping up quickly this morning as a front comes ashore; it’s blowing S 20-25 knots gusting 30 and seas are choppy 6-7 footers at 8 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 16 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. A Gale Warning is in effect from 9:00am this morning through this evening for S winds rising to 25-30 knots gusting 35 and steep windwaves building to 11 feet. Later tonight, the breeze eases to SW 10-15 knots gusting 20 with rough combined seas 12 feet at 9 seconds. A much mellower day is predicted tomorrow as winds fade to S 5-10 knots gusting 15 and seas drop to 7 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for a light NE breeze 5-10 knots on Friday, veering SE in the afternoon, with swells down to 6 feet. Another storm system arrives Saturday bringing southerlies 20-25 knots, shifting to NE 20-25 knots on Sunday, and choppy combined seas all weekend around 7 feet.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/11 Wed 10:51 AM 1.23 L
03/11 Wed 05:10 PM 6.08 H
03/11 Wed 10:26 PM 2.91 L
03/12 Thu 04:49 AM 7.85 H
In Short: Rainy, windy, drying and clearing, then wet and windy.