Tuesday, Mar. 31st – Lincoln County
Summary: The anticipated change to wet and cooler weather began on schedule late yesterday afternoon when the southwest wind arrived and it was raining by 9:00pm. Precipitation totals were mainly around a quarter inch with the Waldport rain gauge collecting over a third. Depoe Bay and Yachats shared the top spot for wind gusts at 34 mph. The steadier rainfall turned to showers overnight and low temps dipped into the 40s. At dawn, there was a hearty assortment of showers, sucker holes and westerly winds varying from 5-20 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/51F/31mph/0.28”
Depoe Bay: 55F/48F/34mph/0.12”
Forecast: Discombobulated may be the best word to describe the confused atmospheric conditions predicted for the entire week ahead. Today, tonight and tomorrow we can expect a mix of showers, possible thunderstorms with small hail, partial clearing, westerly winds 5-25 mph, highs of 50-55F and lows of 40-45F. Outlook is for showers and sunshine Thursday and Friday, and then a chance of showers continuing through the weekend into Monday. Cooler thermometer readings near seasonal norms are projected with 50F highs and 40F lows.
Travel: The use of drilling equipment will result in daytime lane restrictions on Highway 20 between Toledo and Eddyville (Mileposts 16.1-16.4) today through Thursday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Flaggers will control traffic with delays no longer than 20 minutes. In the Coast Range today, showers and possible thunderstorms with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting partly sunny skies, showers, a chance of thunderstorms and highs of 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, it’s snowing on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 30-35F; snow showers today with 2-5 inches accumulation, the snow level is 4,500 feet dropping to 3,000 feet this afternoon. Carry chains or traction tires. Ironically, Oregon’s studded tire season ends at midnight tonight.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 28”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 3” 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”/40”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/0”/summer activities only
Mt. Hood Meadows 1”/25”/mixed new and granular
Timberline 3”/47”/snowing hard
Marine: Winds are from the NW this morning at 10-15 knots with seas 9 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. Lumpy seas are expected to run 8-10 feet at 12-13 seconds today, tonight and tomorrow; winds will be westerly 10-15 knots occasionally gusting 20, and showers with small hail and thunderstorms are also possible. Outlook is for a W to NW breeze on Thursday and Friday, 5-10 knots gusting 15, with swells 8 feet. Saturday, look for light SW winds but swells building to 11 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, breezy at times, 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.
03/31 Tue 10:38 AM 7.06 H
03/31 Tue 05:01 PM 0.81 L
03/31 Tue 11:30 PM 7.15 H
04/01 Wed 05:23 AM 1.88 L
In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, moderate winds, cooler, then discombobulated.