Monday, Mar. 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: Southwest winds continued through the morning hours at 25-30 mph but the rain held off yesterday until early afternoon. Around 2:00pm, the next front arrived with a vengeance producing wind gusts over 50 mph and kick-starting another round of rain. Oddly, over the next hour, the breeze died away completely but light rain continued. About 8:00pm, here came the wind again reaching gusts well into the 40s and the rain increased. It was back and forth overnight with mixed blustery gusts and dead calms but nearly steady rain until daybreak when both became subdued.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 2,600′, 3,000′ & 3,500′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 8 mph/Pressure: 29.62”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/44F/50mph/0.56”
Depoe Bay: 55F/41F/51mph/0.59”
Forecast: Unstable conditions are in the cards today and tonight with a blend of showers, isolated thunderstorms, fairly light winds, highs of 50-55F and lows near 45F. We’re back in the thick of it tomorrow as another system arrives bringing rain, southerlies gusting to 40 mph or more and a high of 50F. Outlook is for a very wet and windy storm Wednesday when we could receive as much as 1-2 inches of precipitation and gusts as high as 60 mph, rain continues Thursday, showers Friday, then rain Saturday and Sunday. Highs around 55F and lows of 45F through the period.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 40F in the passes; showers and isolated thunderstorms today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers and a chance of thunderstorms, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, possible thunderstorms, west winds gusting 20-25 mph, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways have snow flurries, spots of ice and some areas of packed snow this morning, temps are 25-30F; snow showers today, 1-4 inches accumulation, the snow level is below the passes at 3,000 feet, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Winds are westerly 10-20 knots this morning with square seas 14 feet at 14 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for winds and seas are in effect through tomorrow morning when they’re replaced by a Gale Watch through Tuesday evening. W winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 today, seas holding at 14 feet. Tonight, the breeze backs to SW 15-20 knots gusting 25 with swells 13 feet at 13 seconds. Southerlies rising tomorrow to 25-30 knots gusting 40 and combined seas 13 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for SE winds 25-30 knots gusting 40 on Wednesday with combined seas building to 17 feet, SW winds 35-40 knots gusting 50 and combined seas 21 feet Wednesday night, SW winds 20-25 knots Thursday, swells 16 feet, then S winds 25-30 knots with seas 11 feet on Friday. 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.
03/07 Mon 10:45 AM 8.97 H
03/07 Mon 05:14 PM -0.60 L
03/07 Mon 11:45 PM 8.30 H
03/08 Tue 05:25 AM 1.50 L
In Short: Showers, isolated thunderstorms, breezy, then heavy rain and strong winds.