Tuesday, Mar. 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: Even with highly unstable atmospheric conditions, yesterday panned out nicely with some decent stretches of sunshine mixed in with the clouds and a few drips. It was cooler as the mercury bogged down in the low-50s, and the breeze was light all day. Precipitation totals were mainly a tenth of an inch or less. Some big puffy clouds added context to the sunset and a motley sky carried the chilly night; lows dipped into the upper-30s to low-40s. At daybreak, low overcast covered the blue in most areas and there was a light southeast wind.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 2,500′
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 5 mph/Pressure: 29.79”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 54F/43F/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 55F/39F/0.02”
A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night. Winds on beaches and headlands, south 35-45 mph with gusts to 75 mph. In coastal communities, south winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 65 mph. The strongest winds will occur from Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night. Expect tree damage or falling trees and power disruptions. Travel will be hazardous at times, especially for trucks, trailers and other high profile vehicles.
Forecast: It’s probably time to resurrect the classic Yogi Berra line, “It ain’t over til it’s over,” as we head into the next few days. Almost-Spring complacency will turn into some fairly rough weather shortly. The rain (up to a half inch) and wind (gusts to 35-40 mph) return by this afternoon along with cooler temps (high about 50F). Tonight, a short showery break, low 40-45F. Tomorrow and tomorrow night a storm is headed in packing 2-3 inches of rain and strong southerly winds gusting as high as 65 mph. Outlook is for rain Thursday, showers Friday, rain Saturday, then showers continue Sunday and Monday. The thermometer is expected to be a tad below normal with highs of 50F and lows of 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s mostly bare pavement but spots of ice are possible, it’s right at 32F in the passes; patchy fog, rain by noon, temperatures around 45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain to begin this afternoon, patchy fog, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light east winds, high of 50F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, temps are 20-25F; snow this afternoon, up to 2 inches accumulation, the snow level is well below the passes at 2,500 feet, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: S winds are 15-25 knots this morning with seas 12-13 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. A Storm Watch is in effect from tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow night. S winds rising to to 20-25 knots gusting 35 today, seas subsiding to 10 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, southerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25, swells holding at 12 feet. SE winds tomorrow 25-30 knots gusting 40 with combined seas 15 feet at 16 seconds. Outlook is for a storm tomorrow night with S winds rising to 30-40 knots gusting 55 and combined seas building to 23-25 feet at 15 seconds, then the breeze eases to 20-25 knots gusting 30-35 Thursday with rough seas 19-22 feet at 12 seconds, followed by southerlies 20-30 knots and seas 12-14 feet Friday and Saturday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain developing, breezy, 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.
03/08 Tue 11:35 AM 9.22 H
03/08 Tue 05:55 PM -0.74 L
03/09 Wed 12:24 AM 8.81 H
03/09 Wed 06:13 AM 0.79 L
In Short: Rainy and windy, then heavy rain and very windy.