Friday, Mar. 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: Clouds, sunshine, warm and breezy yesterday with only a hint of rain in the morning.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 4,000′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 9 mph/Pressure: 29.70”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/52F/31mph/0.05”
Depoe Bay: 59F/48F/35mph/0.03”
A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 9:00pm tonight through 4:00am tomorrow morning. Winds on the beaches and headlands, south to southwest 40-50 mph with gusts around 65 mph beginning late Friday evening and lasting through early Saturday morning. A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring in areas along the immediate coast. Many of the headland areas and beaches are vulnerable to very strong wind gusts that may pose a safety hazard for individuals or high profile vehicles. The strong winds may also cause property damage.
Forecast: As if we haven’t had enough big breezes and drenching deluges this Winter, another string of them is headed this way beginning late today when the wind starts ramping up, and some fairly heavy rain is not far behind. High this afternoon around 60F with a chance of rain. Albeit tonight’s High Wind Warning is mainly for beaches and headlands, the devil is in the details. The official National Weather Service forecast for our communities also includes a brief blast of southwest wind 40-50 mph gusting as high as 70 this evening, easing after midnight, along with a half inch of rain. Tomorrow, still breezy and a half to three-quarters of an inch of rain, high 55-60F. Outlook is for showers and possible thunderstorms Sunday, showers Monday, then rainy and windy Tuesday through Thursday. Average temps are expected to hold sway during the extended period.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s dry pavement and 40F in the passes; rain by afternoon and breezy, temperatures 50-60F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog and a chance of rain this afternoon, the thermometer rising to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny, a chance of rain, east winds gusting 25 mph, high of 60F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, temps are 30-35F in the passes; partly sunny and a chance of snow showers today, the snow level is 5,500 feet, carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet pavement at the lower elevations with a chance of some snow in Cascade passes.
Marine: S winds are 10-15 knots nearshore but 25-30 knots at Stonewall Bank this morning with rough seas 17 feet at 15 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect for this afternoon. A Storm Warning is then in effect from 6:00pm tonight though 1:00am tomorrow morning. S winds rising to 25-35 knots gusting 35-45 knots today, combined seas building to 19 feet. Tonight, southerlies 35-45 knots gusting 55 with combined very rough seas 22-28 feet. The breeze eases briefly tomorrow morning but then rises again to 35-40 knots in the afternoon, combined seas 17-20 feet. Outlook is for SW winds 25-30 knots Sunday, W winds 15-20 knots Monday, and then S winds 25-30 knots Tuesday; swells through the period from 13 to 18 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, breezy, surf 12-15 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/04 Fri 07:54 AM 7.76 H
03/04 Fri 02:55 PM 0.86 L
03/04 Fri 09:39 PM 6.53 H
03/05 Sat 02:49 AM 3.67 L
In Short: Mainly overcast, moderate wind, then rainy and very windy.