Monday, Mar. 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: An even-steven blend of sunshine and clouds with light winds and highs near 60F closed out Spring Break yesterday. All in all, those who came to visit the Central Coast over the past week now probably have a passel of pretty pictures as most days were dry and/or sunny. And they headed home just in time – clouds thickened in the late afternoon and it was completely overcast by 6:00pm last evening, remaining so throughout the night. The thermometer dipped into the 40s in most locations. This morning, the breeze had a slight southerly vector and skies were grayed-out like an inaccessible menu option.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 62F/52F
Depoe Bay: 57F/43F
Forecast: The long stretch of warm and mostly dry conditions we’ve become accustomed to is crashing, and rebooting will take about a week (just like Windows). Though we still have a partly sunny icon on the desktop today, it might be more hope than forecast as a weather front approaches. High temps should reach 55-60F this afternoon with southwest winds 5-10 mph. The brunt of the front comes ashore tonight conveying up to a half inch of rain and southerlies 15-20 mph gusting 25. Tomorrow, the rain turns to showers, possible thunderstorms with small hail and cooler temps as highs stop in the low-50s. Outlook is for a suite of showers, clouds and sunshine all week. The mercury is expected to display lower readings than recently with highs 50-55F and lows of 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy with 60-65F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly sunny skies and highs of 65-70F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny, light west winds, temps near 65F. For the Cascades, spots of ice possible on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 30-40F; mostly sunny, the freezing level is 8,000 feet, plummeting to 4,000 feet tomorrow with 1-4 inches of snow expected in the passes. NOTE: Oregon’s studded tire season ends at midnight Tuesday, March 31st.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 29”; no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 109” 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”/42”/soft or spring
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/0”/summer activities only
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/26”/granular turning soft
Timberline 0”/47”/does not report conditions
Marine: The breeze is light SE nearshore this morning and variable 10 knots offshore; seas are lumpy 10 footers at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 2:00pm this afternoon and runs through this evening. Southerly winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 today, rising to 20-25 knots by this evening with 9 foot seas building to 11 feet at 12 seconds; seas and breeze subsiding after midnight. For tomorrow, NW wind 10-15 knots, swells 9 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for W wind Wednesday, 10-15 knots, with seas holding at 9 feet. Thursday and Friday, look for nor’westers 5-10 knots and swells around 8 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds and sun, light breeze, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/30 Mon 09:45 AM 6.95 H
03/30 Mon 04:20 PM 0.80 L
03/30 Mon 10:57 PM 6.87 H
03/31 Tue 04:42 AM 2.37 L
In Short: Partial clearing, light winds, rainy and windy, then unsettled.