Sunday, Mar. 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: The last trace of precipitation from Friday night’s weather system fell around 10:00am yesterday, and it wasn’t enough to reach the one one-hundredth of an inch level on the rain gauges, so it goes down in the books literally as a ‘trace.’ A southwest wind associated with the passing front never got above 20 mph and most of the overcast dissipated rapidly before lunch. High temperatures were 55-60F, pinned down by occasional periods of sun-blocking high cloudiness. Skies were fair throughout the evening and overnight with lows dropping to about 45F. At daybreak, it was blue with a light east wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 60F/46F
Depoe Bay: 56F/43F
Forecast: For the final day of Spring Break and the Oregon Coast Sportsman’s Expo at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, you get lotsa sunshine and high temps up around 60F. Then, the break’s over as increasing clouds are in the cards for tonight and tomorrow; lows around 45F and highs of 55F. Outlook is for rain likely by tomorrow night, showers on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a progressive marine-influenced pattern with varying chances of rain, partial clearing, and basically unsettled weather Thursday through Saturday. It’ll be a little cooler, too, with highs of 50-55F and lows of 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 65F. For the Cascades, spots of ice possible on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; partly cloudy, the freezing level is 7,000 feet, rising to 8,000 feet this afternoon. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is dry pavement through tonight; in the Cascade passes tonight, possible icy patches, the free air freezing level will be 8,000 feet. NOTE: Oregon’s studded tire season ends at midnight Tuesday, March 31st.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 29”; a gain of 4” since yesterday; an overall gain of 6” 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”/44”/soft or spring, Summit lift open
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/0”/tubing only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/26”/packed and granular
Timberline 0”/48”/come enjoy the snow
Marine: Winds are variable 5-15 knots this morning but seas will be an issue today; they’re already up to 7-8 feet at 11-12 seconds, and a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. Expect lumpy swells building to 10 feet at 12 seconds today with SW winds 5-10 knots. Tonight and tomorrow, seas 9-10 feet at 12 seconds and southerlies 10-15 knots, rising to 15-20 knots Monday afternoon. Outlook is for choppy 10 foot seas and S wind 20-25 knots Monday night, easing after midnight. Look for W winds on Tuesday, 15-20 knots, with swells holding at 10 feet. Nor’westers are predicted for Wednesday and Thursday, 10-15 knots, and seas of 8-9 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 7-9 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/29 Sun 08:42 AM 6.92 H
03/29 Sun 03:31 PM 0.82 L
03/29 Sun 10:16 PM 6.60 H
03/30 Mon 03:52 AM 2.84 L
In Short: Partly cloudy, light winds, increasing clouds, then wet and breezy.