Tuesday, Mar. 17th – Lincoln County
Summary: After 3 inches of rain and a howling windstorm over the weekend, yesterday provided a brief hiatus with mostly sunny skies, no precipitation, moderate northwest winds and high temperatures mainly in the upper-50s. Lincoln City hit 61F for the warmest reading locally. Scattered clouds thickened before sunset and were on and off overnight. A telltale sign of an approaching weak weather front came around 3:00am when the wind veered to the south. At sunrise, it was mostly cloudy and southerlies were blowing 8-10 mph, kicking off our 50-50 day with 12 hours each of daylight and dark. We’re still gaining a little over 3 minutes of light each day as we rush toward the Vernal Equinox when Spring begins this Friday at 3:45pm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/43F
Depoe Bay: 56F/40F
Forecast: Wearin’ o’ the Green raincoat may be in order for this St. Patrick’s Day as we get pinched with a 50-50 chance of shamrock-watering showers under mostly cloudy skies. Possible sunbreaks might provide a rainbow, so you may be lucky enough to find that elusive pot of gold before the day is out. South winds could gust to 25-30 mph and the thermometer takes aim at 55F. A few showers are also plausible tonight with lows around 45F. Tomorrow, we’re back to mostly sunny and highs of 55-60F. Outlook is for sunny skies and the mercury reaching 60F or better on Thursday, clouding up Friday, rain Friday night, a chance of showers Saturday, then mostly cloudy and dry on Sunday. The latest long-term projections show wet and unsettled weather for much of next week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly cloudy, chance of showers and thunderstorms with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of showers, possible thunderstorms and highs of 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers likely, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps around 60F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are right at 35F; showers likely, the snow level decreasing to 5,000 feet, but little or no snow accumulation is predicted. Carry chains or traction tires just in case.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 25”; no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 9” in the past seven days; 89” less than this date last year; 94% 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”/0”/closed for season
Mt. Bachelor 0”/41”/spring or soft
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/25”/operations on hold until Friday
Timberline 0”/41”/spring passes available
Marine: The wind has come around to the S again this morning at 10-15 knots and swells are running 4 feet at 10 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 9:00am through this evening. S winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by this afternoon with choppy seas 4-5 feet. Tonight, SW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 but easing to 5-10 knots after midnight, mixed swells around 5 feet. For tomorrow, expect southerlies 5-10 knots with mixed swells of 5-6 feet at 11-13 seconds. Outlook is for light southerlies 5 knots on Thursday, then SW wind 20-25 knots Friday dropping to SW 10-15 knots Saturday. Swells are projected to build to 8-10 feet by the weekend.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, chance of showers, breezy, surf 3 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/17 Tue 10:14 AM 8.56 H
03/17 Tue 04:55 PM -0.42 L
03/17 Tue 11:26 PM 7.76 H
03/18 Wed 05:06 AM 1.65 L
In Short: Mainly cloudy, moderate winds, showers, then clearing.