Friday, Mar. 13th – Lincoln County
Summary: It doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to skip Spring and go right into Summer, but yesterday’s beach fog along much of the Central Coast looked patently familiar. It’s the kind we normally get in July and August. Locations east of 101 were for the most part sunny after the morning clouds and drizzle evaporated, but the fog and northwest wind held on over the beaches and headlands until dark. The mercury rose to near Summer temperatures in the fog-free areas, topping out close to 60F. Overnight and on through daybreak, skies were fair with a Last Quarter Moon, lows dipped slightly into the low-50s and winds were out of the east 5-10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/54F
Depoe Bay: 59F/50F
Advisory: A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for heavy rain expected across Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon this weekend. The first significant rain event in some time is predicted to develop as a slow-moving frontal boundary with a connection to subtropical moisture moves onshore early Saturday and stalls over the region through the weekend. This will bring periods of rainfall, heavy at times. The highest totals will be in the higher terrain of the Coast Range and Cascades where 3-5 inches are possible. The coastal regions are expected to see 1.5-3 inches, with 1-2 inches expected over the interior valleys. In addition to heavy rainfall, gusty winds are expected to accompany the arrival of the frontal boundary on Saturday morning. The strongest winds are forecast to affect the South Washington and North Oregon Coast and Coast Range where wind gusts may reach 40-50 mph. Confidence is high that heavy rain will affect the region this weekend, but there is some uncertainty as to exactly where the frontal boundary will set up.
Forecast: So, we’ve got a ticket to ride the Pineapple Express this weekend, after one more dry but mostly cloudy day. The overcast should fill in as today progresses, the thermometer climbing to 60F and winds ominously veering to southwest 10-15 mph. Cloudy skies and patchy fog this evening with the rain projected to arrive sometime after midnight, southerlies building to 20 mph gusting 25-30, low temps near 50F. Rain, heavy at times, tomorrow with 1-2 inches possible and south winds 25-30 mph gusting 40. Outlook is for the deluge to continue tomorrow night and Sunday; we could see an additional 1-2 inches fill Central Coast rain gauges. Monday, we’ll be down to a chance of showers and the return of partly sunny skies. However, a progressive onshore flow is likely to give us a mixed weather bag the rest of next week with showers and sunshine, highs about 60F and lows near 45F throughout the period.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog, partly sunny with 65F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny conditions and highs of 65-70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, light east wind, temps around 65F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the passes this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; partly sunny, the freezing level is at 10,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is rainy and windy with wet pavement throughout all of Northwest Oregon including the Cascades where the snow level is expected to remain well above the passes.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 31”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 5” in the past seven days; 78” less than this date last year; 93% 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”/46”/wide variety, Summit lift open
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/cosmic tubing tonight
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/29”/granular early, spring later
Timberline 0”/45”/spring passes available
Marine: Winds are SSE 5-10 knots this morning along the Central Coast, but already blowing southerly 15-20 knots near Cape Blanco ahead of an approaching storm; seas are 6 feet at 11 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Gale Watch is in effect from late tonight through tomorrow morning. Winds veering from NE to SW and rising to 10-15 knots this afternoon with seas 6 feet at 10 seconds. Tonight, look for sou’westers increasing to 20-25 knots gusting 35 after midnight and windwaves building to 7 feet. For tomorrow, gale-force winds are expected through the morning hours 20-25 knots gusting to 35, but easing somewhat during the afternoon and evening; rough seas 9 feet at 8 seconds are projected. Outlook is for NE winds Sunday, 20-25 knots with choppy seas 7 feet at 10 seconds. Another blow is forecast for Sunday night when winds rebuild to SE 25-30 knots gusting 35 and combined steep seas grow to 12 feet. SW winds on Monday, 20-25 knots, seas easing to 9 feet, and then settled conditions Tuesday with a W wind 10-15 knots and swells around 6 feet.
On the Beach… Becoming overcast, light breezes, surf 5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/13 Fri 12:56 PM 1.05 L
03/13 Fri 07:39 PM 5.73 H
03/14 Sat 12:27 AM 3.57 L
03/14 Sat 06:47 AM 7.73 H
In Short: Thickening clouds, then wet and windy.