Wednesday, Mar. 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: It was six of one, half dozen of another yesterday with about a 50-50 mix of showers and dry spells. The heaviest shower rolled through our area between Yaquina Head and Depoe Bay, dropping over a third of an inch. Elsewhere, a few hundredths was about it. The thermometer stopped in the mid-50s and southwest winds blew 10-15 mph with a few gusts into the 20s. Sky cover varied through the night, there was a little light rain and drizzle, winds were mostly calm and low temps dipped to the mid-40s. At daybreak, skies were mostly cloudy, some patchy fog had developed and the breeze was light out of the east.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/51F/0.06”
Depoe Bay: 55F/47F/0.36”
Forecast: The morning clouds will be quickly exiting the scene today and the Sun is in the wings ready to come back onstage; the mercury is expected reach 55-60F this afternoon. Mostly clear skies tonight with a low around 45F. More sunshine and highs of 60F are on tap for tomorrow. Outlook is for an overall change, just as we head into Spring on Friday. After an abnormally warm and dry Summer-like Winter, it looks like Spring is going to start off acting like Winter – unsettled, wet and windy. Rain likely and breezy by Friday afternoon, lasting into the night; showers on Saturday, partly sunny Sunday, and then rainy and windy weather systems are predicted to periodically saturate the long-term picture through most of next week. It’ll be cooler, too, as high temps of 50-55F and lows of 45F are projected.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly sunny skies and highs of 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunshine, light west winds, temps 60-65F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; slight chance of showers early, becoming mostly sunny, the snow level is at 5,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 24”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 9” in the past seven days; 96” 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”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/25”/operations on hold until Friday
Timberline 2”/24”/fresh snow on the slopes
Marine: Light southerly winds 5-10 knots are blowing this morning with seas 6-7 feet at 12-13 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. We’re headed into a stretch of benign ocean weather with SW winds 5-10 knots today, tonight and tomorrow; rounded swells holding at 6 feet. A storm front is predicted to arrive on Friday with S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 and choppy seas 6-7 feet. Saturday and Sunday, look for southerlies 10-20 knots along with seas 8-10 feet. A stronger blow is possible Sunday night into Monday but details remain sketchy at this point.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, soft breeze, surf 6 feet (low).
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03/18 Wed 11:12 AM 8.89 H
03/18 Wed 05:41 PM -0.58 L
03/19 Thu 12:06 AM 8.39 H
03/19 Thu 05:58 AM 0.85 L
In Short: Partly cloudy, light winds, clearing, then wet and windy.