Friday, Mar. 27th – Lincoln County
Summary: Summer-like conditions, complete with full-on sunshine and a moderate noon-to-sunset northwest wind, prevailed yesterday. High temps came in on target in the low-60s; Lincoln City and Newport garnered a 63F for the warmest locally. In the Valley, the mercury climbed into the 70s with Portland tying its 1994 record of 73F. Central Coast skies were mostly clear through the early evening, but after the wind went calm, fog developed. By 3:00am, visibility was down to a half mile is places. Low temps dropped to the mid-40s, but rose into the 50s early this morning as a light southwest breeze associated with an approaching weather front arrived. At daybreak, drizzle and patchy fog/low clouds blotted out the blue; southerly winds blew 5-10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 63F/51F
Depoe Bay: 61F/47F
Forecast: It looks like we’ll be socked-in with fog/drizzle early, then increasing clouds and a slight chance of showers for the kickoff of the Oregon Coast Sportsman’s Expo at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds this afternoon. Cooler today, too, as the thermometer tops out around 55F. Showers are likely tonight with up to a quarter inch of precip, west winds 15 mph gusting 20 and low temps of 45-50F. Expect partly sunny skies and mostly dry tomorrow, highs of 55-60F. Outlook is for partly sunny on Sunday, a chance of rain Monday, rain likely Monday night, then back and forth all week between wet and dry, clearing and cloudy. Stable temperatures between 45F and 60F are projected.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog, mostly cloudy with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting fog early, becoming cloudy and a high of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for increasing clouds, light west winds, temps near 70F. For the Cascades, there’s bare pavement on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 40-45F; partly sunny, the free air freezing level is at 9,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is back and forth wet/dry pavement at the lower elevations; a chance of snow showers in the Cascade passes tonight and tomorrow with the snow level 4,500-5,000 feet, but rising above the highways Saturday night through Sunday night. NOTE: Oregon’s studded tire season ends at midnight Tuesday, March 31st.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 28”; a loss of 3” since yesterday; an overall gain of 4” in the past seven days; 92” 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 0”/46”/wide variety, Summit lift open
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/27”/frozen early, spring later
Timberline 0”/48”/sunny spring day
Marine: Seas are 7-8 feet at 11 seconds this morning with westerly winds 5-10 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect for the outer waters, beyond 10 miles from shore, from 1:00pm this afternoon through late tonight. A weak weather front is predicted to arrive today bringing increasing SW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 nearshore and 25 knots offshore, creating 3 foot windwaves on 8 foot swells. Tonight, the breeze veers W but stays up around 15 knots gusting 20 with swells 7-8 feet at 12 seconds. Winds ease tomorrow, down to WSW 5-10 knots gusting 15, with swells 7 feet. Outlook is for S winds on Sunday, 5-10 knots gusting 15, and seas building to 11 feet. Sou’westers Monday and Tuesday, 10-20 knots, as a more progressive weather pattern develops; expect seas to reach into the low teens at times and stay above 10 feet well into next week. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, overcast, light breeze, surf 7-8 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 you spot gray whales migrating north from Baja California to Alaska. Details and site locations are available here.
03/27 Fri 06:17 AM 7.46 H
03/27 Fri 01:24 PM 0.66 L
03/27 Fri 08:18 PM 6.20 H
03/28 Sat 01:32 AM 3.40 L
In Short: Cloudy, light winds, showers, then partial clearing.