Sunday, Mar. 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Saturday’s recipe called for equal amounts of sunshine and clouds, a dash of light precipitation for flavoring, and the oven set to 55F. The result was a decent dish of weather, though southwest winds 10-15 mph caused it to cool off before reaching the table. Skies cleared almost completely for a while late in the afternoon, but scattered clouds returned around sunset and were variable overnight. Low temps dipped to the upper-40s. At daybreak, early risers were faced with increasing clouds and a light east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 59F/49F
Depoe Bay: 58F/47F
Forecast: If we received all of the rain that computer models are projecting at the upper end of probability, there could be a 2 inch soaker on tap over the next two days. But, total amounts will depend somewhat on where you are. A lot of the predicted rain is expected to arrive in showers which will be heavier in some areas than in others. Today, there’ll be steady rain first with southerly winds 20-25 mph gusting 40 as a front moves in, and high temperatures around 55F. The shower scenario kicks-in tonight and tomorrow, winds ease but thunderstorms are possible. Outlook is for another round of rain Monday night, showers Tuesday and Wednesday, sunny with 65F on Thursday, partly sunny Friday, then back to a chance of rain next weekend. Except for Thursday, temps should mainly fluctuate between 45F lows and 60F highs during the period.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain developing, breezy, with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting rain by noon and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light southwest winds, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement at Government Camp and Santiam Pass, and packed snow at Willamette Pass this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; rain and snow showers, 1-2 inches snow accumulation possible, the snow level is at 5,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is mainly wet pavement.
A Special Weather Statement is in effect for the Cascades including the highway passes at Government Camp, Santiam Pass and Willamette Pass. Snow levels will lower to below the Cascade passes late today through the early part of the week with accumulating snow at times. A Pacific cold front will be moving through the Cascades today with snow levels initially around 5,000 feet or so this morning, but lower as the front moves through late today, falling to below pass elevations tonight and continuing below pass elevations into Tuesday. A couple of inches of snow are possible with the frontal system today. An area of cooler unstable air will move into the area tonight and Monday while the snow levels are below pass elevations. 1-3 inches of snow are possible tonight, with an additional 3-6 inches possible on Monday. Another surge of moisture will likely bring several more inches of snow to the Cascades Monday night and early Tuesday. This will be the best stretch of snow in the Cascades in quite some time. If you have travel planned through the Cascades, be prepared for Winter driving conditions. Carry chains or traction tires, as well as extra provisions should you become delayed while crossing the mountains. Studded tires are still legal in Oregon through March 31st.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 23”; no change since yesterday; an overall loss of 3” in the past seven days; 93” 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”/wide variety
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/tubing, summer attractions
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/22”/packed powder and granular
Timberline 0”/21”/spring riding
Marine: Winds are light SE nearshore and off the Columbia River this morning, but blowing S 15-20 knots at Cape Blanco as another front approaches from the south; seas are 6 feet at 10-11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this morning through this afternoon. Expect southerlies building to 20-25 knots today with a few gusts near 30 and combined seas 7 feet at 9 seconds. SW winds tonight and tomorrow, 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 7 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for N winds on Tuesday, 5-10 knots, backing to S in the afternoon, then rising to 10-15 knots on Wednesday, and to NE 5-10 knots on Thursday; swells through the period about 8 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rainy, breezy, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* Oregon Parks and Recreation is hosting Whale Watch Week today through 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.
03/22 Sun 08:27 AM -0.61 L
03/22 Sun 02:45 PM 8.35 H
03/22 Sun 08:34 PM 0.82 L
03/23 Mon 02:49 AM 9.39 H
In Short: Rain developing, windy, possible thunderstorms, then showers.