Friday, Mar. 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: The final full day of Winter went out in style with a flourish of Summer yesterday. There was a contoured mix of sunshine and high clouds, light winds and thermometer readings around 60F; Waldport checked-in at 63F for the warmest locally. Except for a little haze along the beach, skies stayed fair through the early evening but became overcast shortly before midnight. Cloud cover varied overnight and low temps dropped into the 40s. At daybreak, there was a light east wind under mostly cloudy skies.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 62F/49F
Depoe Bay: 58F/47F
Forecast: You might recall that the first day of Autumn began with a storm. Well, it’s déjà vu for the first day of Spring as a storm approaches the Central Coast and may actually hit right about the time the new season officially begins this afternoon at 3:45pm. This weather system had a tap into tropical moisture earlier in its career, so we could see an inch or so of rain over the next 24 hours. It’ll be breezy, too, with southerlies 15-25 mph gusting 40 through tonight. Tomorrow, the rain turns to showers and some sunbreaks are feasible. Outlook is for another wet one scheduled to arrive on Sunday and last through Monday bringing an additional half inch or better of rain. Look for showers Tuesday and Wednesday, then drying and clearing late in the week. Temperatures are expected to stay between 45F and 60F through the entire period.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rainy, breezy, with 60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain by this afternoon and highs of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light west winds, temps near 65F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 35-40F; cloudy, sprinkles, the snow level is 7,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly wet pavement at the lower elevations, but a few inches of snow possible in the Cascade passes tomorrow through Sunday night with the snow level 4,000 to 5,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. NOTE: Studded tires are legal in Oregon through March 31st.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 24”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 7” in the past seven days; 94” 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”/40”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/23”/reopened, frozen and loose granular
Timberline 0”/41”/spring riding
Marine: Southerlies are already up to 15-20 knots well offshore this morning in advance of an approaching weather system, with seas 6-7 feet at 10-12 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 late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from 11:00am through late tonight. S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and this evening, easing to 15-20 knots after midnight, with lumpy seas building to 8-10 feet at 10 seconds. Tomorrow, W winds 5-15 knots and swells down to 7 feet. Outlook is for another blow Sunday afternoon through early Monday packing southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 and seas rebuilding to 10 feet or higher. The breeze eases to SW 5-15 knots on Tuesday with swells around 9 feet.
On the Beach… Rainy, breezy, surf 10 feet (moderate).
* Oregon Parks and Recreation is hosting Whale Watch Week beginning tomorrow and running through next Saturday, March 28th, at twenty-four designated sites along the coast. Trained volunteers from the ‘Whale Watching Spoken Here’ program will help visitors spot gray whales migrating north from Baja California to Alaska. Details and site locations are available here.
03/20 Fri 06:48 AM 0.15 L
03/20 Fri 01:00 PM 9.05 H
03/20 Fri 07:08 PM -0.26 L
03/21 Sat 01:26 AM 9.31 H
In Short: Rain developing, windy, showers, then more rain.