Tuesday, Mar. 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: The southwest wind was unrelenting yesterday, blustering 15-25 mph with occasional gusts into the upper-40s and low-50s last night; Yachats had the biggest blast at 53 mph. The majority of rainfall occurred between 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and it was down to a dribble by midnight. And, as the breeze faded, the National Weather Service dropped its High Wind Warning for the Central Coast at 1:30am. Skies remained cloudy overnight and light winds veered to the west. Low temperatures were around 45F. It was still overcast at daybreak with light and variable breezes.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/46F/48mph/0.66”
Depoe Bay: 53F/44F/47mph/0.47”
Forecast: We’re not quite out of the woods yet as unsettled conditions linger. Look for a chance of showers this morning, cloudy skies and highs reaching about 55F today. Tonight, another weather system impacts the Central Coast with rain likely but not much wind and the thermometer dips to 45-50F. There’s still a good chance of a little rain tomorrow morning, albeit that should be history by noon; we might even see some sunbreaks, and highs of 55-60F. Outlook is for a Summer-like stunner on Thursday with sunny skies, light winds and the mercury climbing to 65F or a bit higher. Mostly sunny though cooler on Friday, a slight chance of rain Saturday, partly sunny Sunday, and a chance of rain again Monday. Other than Thursday, temperatures are predicted to range from 45F lows to 55-60F highs all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, gusty west winds, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there’s packed snow/slush on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; the Winter Weather Advisory has been cancelled though an additional 2 inches of snow are possible today, the snow level is below the passes at 3,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires; studded tires are legal in Oregon through March 31st.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 31”; a gain of 7” since yesterday; an overall gain of 6” in the past seven days; 82” less than this date last year; 93% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass closed for season
Mt. Bachelor 7”/47”/fresh powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 1”/12”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 8”/31”/packed and fresh powder
Timberline 9”/32”/it’s snowing
Marine: Conditions have settled down this morning with the wind fading to W 10-15 knots and seas 9-10 feet at 10-11 seconds. The breeze is expected to back to S again this afternoon, 10 knots gusting 15 with swells 9 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, southerlies 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas 7-8 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for a reversal to northerlies Thursday through Saturday, mainly 5-15 knots, occasionally 20 knots, and swells holding in the 7-8 foot range. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Chance of showers, mostly cloudy, surf 7-9 feet (moderate).
* Oregon Parks and Recreation is hosting Whale Watch Week through 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.
03/24 Tue 10:12 AM -0.37 L
03/24 Tue 04:40 PM 7.15 H
03/24 Tue 10:08 PM 2.20 L
03/25 Wed 04:21 AM 8.59 H
In Short: Showers ending, overcast, rain again, then breaking up.