Saturday, Mar. 28th – Lincoln County
Summary: Clouds dominated the sky yesterday but the rain held off until late afternoon. The mercury rose to the upper-50s and cool, southwest winds blew 15-25 mph gusting near 30 at times. Precipitation was a little above projections; totals were around half an inch, most of that falling between 5:00pm and 10:00pm. The breeze eased and the rain turned to showers overnight. Low temps dipped slightly to about 50F. At daybreak, light rain showers continued and the wind went calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/53F/32mph/0.46”
Depoe Bay: 55F/50F/29mph/0.40”
Forecast: There could be a few more showers this morning for the Spring Beach Cleanup at Otter Rock, Beverly Beach, Agate Beach, Nye Beach and Yaquina Bay State Park. Drying and some sunbreaks look fairly feasible by this afternoon, along with light winds and a high of 55-60F, putting us back on track for a couple of nice Spring days. Mostly cloudy skies are predicted for tonight, low 45F, then partly sunny and 60F tomorrow. Outlook is for some sunshine again Monday, followed by a weather front with rain Monday night. Showers are likely on Tuesday. Unsettled conditions, varying chances of showers, partial clearing and average temperatures are expected Wednesday through Friday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers early, partly sunny later with 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny skies and highs of 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, sunbreaks, light west winds, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; partly sunny, rain and snow showers, the snow level is at 4,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is dry pavement tonight through Sunday night; in the Cascade passes tonight through tomorrow night, possible icy patches, the free air freezing level will be 6,000-7,000 feet. NOTE: Oregon’s studded tire season ends at midnight Tuesday, March 31st.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 25”; a loss of 3” since yesterday; an overall gain of 2” in the past seven days; 103” 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”/45”/wide variety
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/1”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 2”/26”/heavy new over variable
Timberline 0”/48”/play in the snow
Marine: Seas remain 8-9 feet at 12 seconds this morning and the breeze is westerly 5-15 knots. The W wind backs to S this afternoon and falls to 5-10 knots while the swell stays up around 8 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, SW winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 are expected with 7 foot swells building to 10 feet by Sunday afternoon. Outlook is for a weather system to impact local waters Monday bringing southerlies 15-20 knots, rising to 20-25 knots in the evening, and lumpy seas 9-10 feet at 12 seconds. W winds are projected for Tuesday and Wednesday, 10-20 knots, with swells 9-10 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, sunbreaks, light breeze, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
* This is the last day of Oregon Parks and Recreation’s Whale Watch Week 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.
03/28 Sat 07:29 AM 7.07 H
03/28 Sat 02:31 PM 0.79 L
03/28 Sat 09:25 PM 6.35 H
03/29 Sun 02:49 AM 3.23 L
In Short: Mainly overcast, light winds, clearing, then wet and breezy.