Monday, Mar. 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday brought the full gamut of rain, sun and brisk southerly winds.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/45F/29mph/0.36”
Depoe Bay: 57F/44F/24mph/0.35”
* A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Oregon Coast which is in effect from this afternoon through late tonight. South winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph. The winds will begin after 5:00pm this evening and continue until an hour or two after midnight. These winds could be strong enough to cause tree damage and power disruptions. The winds could also cause difficulty for high profile vehicles such as trucks, campers and vehicles pulling trailers. A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur.
* A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the Cascades which is in effect from 4:00pm this afternoon to 7:00am Tuesday. Snow is expected to increase late this afternoon and evening, then decrease Tuesday morning. Snow levels will be below Cascade pass elevations, around 3,000 to 3,500 feet. Snow accumulations of 6-10 inches are possible in the Central Oregon Cascades, with 5-9 inches in the North Oregon Cascades. Windy conditions tonight will cause areas of blowing snow. Be prepared for snow covered roads and winter driving conditions. Carry extra provisions should you be delayed while traveling through the Cascades.
* A Wind Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service which is in effect from 9:00pm this evening to 5:00am Tuesday for the Central and South Willamette Valley. South winds 25-35 mph with gusts 45-55 mph beginning around 9:00pm this evening and continuing until 4:00am to 5:00am tomorrow morning. Locations include: Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis, Albany, Salem and McMinnville. The winds could be strong enough to cause tree damage and power disruptions. The winds could cause difficulty for high profile vehicles such as trucks, campers and vehicles pulling trailers.
* A Gale Warning goes into effect for local waters this afternoon (see Marine below).
Forecast: Ya’d think it was January, not March, looking over the range of weather notices issued this morning. With the calendared Winter season passing mostly unnoticed, Spring is certainly grabbing our attention. Expect fairly heavy showers today, possibly some thunderstorms dropping small hail, the breeze building to 15-20 mph gusting 30 and the mercury grasping at 55F. The big blow comes tonight when sou’westers ramp up to 30-40 mph gusting 50-60 and heavy rain ensues; up to an inch is feasible. Things start settling down tomorrow as a chance of showers, mostly cloudy skies and diminishing winds are projected. Outlook is for a slight chance of rain Wednesday, Summer on Thursday with sunny skies and highs around 65F, still sunny Friday but cooler at 60F, a chance of rain again Saturday and back to partly sunny on Sunday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers and thunderstorms early, rainy and windy later, with 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, possible thunderstorms, breezy and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, possible thunderstorms, moderate southwest winds, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow and it’s snowing hard on all highway passes this morning, temperatures are right at 30F; 2-4 inches of snow accumulation is expected today, the snow level is below the passes at 2,500-3,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires; studded tires are legal in Oregon through March 31st.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 24”; a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 1” in the past seven days; 91” 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 3”/3”/closed for season
Mt. Bachelor 3”/41”/fresh powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 3”/12”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 1”/22”/packed and fresh powder
Timberline 2”/23”/it’s snowing
Marine: It is stormy this morning with SW winds 25-30 knots gusting higher and rough seas 10 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through early this afternoon when it is upgraded to a Gale Warning through late tonight. Southwest winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 today with combined seas 8-10 feet at 10-12 seconds. Tonight, S winds 25-30 knots gusting 40 and very rough seas building to 14 feet at 12 seconds. The breeze veers to NW tomorrow morning, 10-15 knots gusting 20, then backs to SW 10 knots in the afternoon; seas subsiding to 9 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 10-15 knots with some higher gusts Wednesday, and then northerlies 5-15 knots Thursday and Friday with seas slowly falling to 7 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* Oregon Parks and Recreation is hosting Whale Watch Week through this Saturday 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.
03/23 Mon 09:19 AM -0.60 L
03/23 Mon 03:41 PM 7.77 H
03/23 Mon 09:20 PM 1.51 L
03/24 Tue 03:33 AM 9.08 H
In Short: Showers, thunderstorms, rainy and very windy, then breaking up.