Saturday, Mar. 5th – Lincoln County
Summary: We skated through the bulk of yesterday with winds below 30mph and only a few drops of rain. It was indeed warm as the mercury rose into the low-60s. The breeze started building after dark and rain arrived around 9:00pm. Strongest winds were on the beaches and headlands where gusts over 50 mph were commonplace, but they didn’t quite reach 40 mph in our communities. Precipitation totals came in at projections with about half an inch. The storm had passed by 3:00am, the wind died and the rain ceased, but low clouds and haze kept visibility down to a couple of miles. At dawn, it was mostly cloudy with showers and a light south wind.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 500′, broken @ 1,000′, overcast @ 2,600′
Visibility: 2.5 miles/Wind: SSE 3 mph/Pressure: 29.45”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/53F/38mph/0.41”
Depoe Bay: 61F/51F/34mph/0.40”
A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 4:00pm this afternoon through 4:00am tomorrow morning. Winds on beaches and headlands, south 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph beginning late this afternoon and lasting through early tomorrow morning. In coastal communities, south winds 20-30 mph with gusts to 50 mph. Impacts may include local damage especially near beaches and headlands. The winds will cause these areas to be unsafe to watch waves along the coast.
Forecast: There’s a chance of showers and possible thunderstorms this morning, then steady rain returns by lunchtime with a half to three-quarters of an inch expected. Southerly winds rising to 10-20 mph gusting 30 and a high temp of 60F. Tonight, very windy as the breeze builds to 35-40 mph gusting 50 and another half inch of rain. Unsettled weather tomorrow with showers, a chance of thunderstorms, winds south 20-25 mph gusting 30 and cooler as the thermometer stops at 50F or so. Outlook in the long-range, ten-day predictions show rain in some quantity every day with occasionally windy conditions thrown in for good measure. A Pineapple Express (atmospheric river) event is even possible on Wednesday and Thursday with heavy rain. So, expect rain, showers, a chance of thunderstorms and lots of breeze through the Ides of March. Seasonal temperatures are projected to continue.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 45-50F in the passes; showers early, rain by afternoon and breezy, temperatures 55-60F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers turning to rain, the thermometer rising to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for heavy rain, a chance of thunderstorms, east winds gusting 25 mph, high of 60F. For the Cascades, highways have bare pavement this morning, temps are 35-40F; rain developing today, the snow level is above the passes at 6,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet pavement at the lower elevations but snow showers in the Cascade passes, possible 6 inch accumulation totals tonight through tomorrow night as the snow level lowers to 3,500 feet, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: After some storm force gusts and seas around 20 feet overnight, conditions have moderated this morning; winds are down to S 10-15 knots and seas have subsided to 12-13 feet. A Gale Warning remains in effect as southerlies are expected to rise again to 25-30 knots gusting 35 this afternoon with combined rough seas building to 17 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, S winds 30-40 knots gusting 45, combined seas 18-21 feet at 13 seconds. Fairly snotty weather is on tap tomorrow, too, with S winds 25-35 knots and seas 16-18 feet. Outlook is for a break on Monday, W winds 10-15 knots, swells 16 feet, but southerlies return at 25-35 knots gusting 40 and seas 16-21 feet Tuesday and Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 10-15 feet (moderate).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
03/05 Sat 08:56 AM 8.15 H
03/05 Sat 03:46 PM 0.27 L
03/05 Sat 10:24 PM 7.12 H
03/06 Sun 03:46 AM 3.04 L
In Short: Showers, rain and wind developing, then wet and windy all week.