Sunday, Mar. 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: It rained so hard in some areas of the Central Coast last evening that wipers on high-speed were still not enough to see out the windshield. Traffic crawled in the low visibility, but fortunately the episode was short-lived. Precipitation totals were from two-thirds of an inch to over an inch depending on where those heavy deluges fell; Yachats recorded the most at 1.14”. The strongest winds came between sunset and 9:00pm and the High Wind Warning was canceled early. The highest gust locally was 47 mph in Lincoln City, while Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range east of Newport had a blast of 73 mph. The breeze continued out of the southwest at 25-30 mph overnight and the rain turned to showers. At dawn, it was mostly cloudy with a blustery southerly wind.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 2,000′, 2,800′ and 3,200′
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: SW 13 G 22 mph/Pressure: 29.40”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 62F/49F/47mph/0.63”
Depoe Bay: 60F/47F/41mph/0.80”
Forecast: Lots of possibles today, tonight and tomorrow in the cooler, unstable atmospheric conditions that have developed. Showers, sunbreaks, thunderstorms, hail and occasionally gusty winds are all possible. High about 50F, low of 45F. Outlook is for rain and wind in varying amounts for the next ten days or longer. The chance of some heavy rain from a Pineapple Express (atmospheric river) event is looking increasingly probable for Wednesday and Thursday. In the words of the National Weather Service this morning, “The unsettled weather pattern will continue into next weekend and the following week.” Expect seasonal temperatures with highs of 50-60F and lows of 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 40-45F in the passes; showers and isolated thunderstorms today, temperatures near 50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, cooler, the thermometer rising to 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, a chance of thunderstorms, light west winds, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways have slush and packed snow this morning, temps are 30-35F; snow showers today, 1-3 inches accumulation, the snow level is below the passes at 3,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly wet pavement at the lower elevations tonight, but snow showers in the Cascade passes with 1-4 inch accumulations tonight, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Winds are SSW 25-30 knots this morning with seas 12-13 feet at 13 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect today. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow. SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and seas building to 15 feet this afternoon. Tonight, sou’westers 15-20 knots, swells 15-17 feet. W winds tomorrow 10-15 knots with steep swells 15 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies rising to 30-35 knots Tuesday and Wednesday, combined seas near 20 feet, then S winds 15 knots with 14 foot swells on Thursday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, possible thunderstorms, windy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/06 Sun 09:52 AM 8.59 H
03/06 Sun 04:31 PM -0.25 L
03/06 Sun 11:06 PM 7.72 H
03/07 Mon 04:37 AM 2.29 L
In Short: Showers, isolated thunderstorms, breezy, then rainy and windy ad infinitum.