Wednesday, Mar. 9th – Lincoln County
Summary: Blustery winds gusting well into the 30s and nearly continuous rain yesterday with over a half inch recorded.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 1,600′, overcast @ 2,100′
Visibility: 2.5 miles/ Wind: E 10 mph/
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 52F/43F/29mph/0.40”
Depoe Bay: 50F/41F/34mph/0.70”
A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon to 2:00am tomorrow morning. On beaches and headlands, winds out of the south at 35-45 mph with gusts to 75 mph. In coastal communities, winds out of the south at 30-40 mph with gusts to 65 mph. The peak wind period will be late this afternoon through midnight. Expect tree damage or falling trees and power disruptions. Travel will be hazardous at times, especially for trucks, trailers and other high profile vehicles.
A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect from noon today to 4:00am tomorrow for the Central Coast. A High Surf Advisory is in effect from 4:00pm today to 4:00am tomorrow for the Central Coast. Seas just off the coast will increase to 18 feet this afternoon, and peak around 25 feet tonight. Astronomical tides plus a large tidal anomaly (storm surge) will bring high tides between noon and 2:00pm today to 11-12 feet. A higher tide is expected tonight between 1:00am and 2:00am at 12-12.5 ft. Rivers will be rising today, but are expected to be well below flood stages during the high tides. Low-lying areas near bays and sloughs, Highway 101, and the lower reaches of coastal rivers may see some flooding from the high tides. Dangerous surf conditions are expected on the beaches which may cause some beach erosion. A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
A Storm Warning is in effect for local ocean waters (see Marine section below).
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Cascades (see Travel section below).
Forecast: It should be obvious from the above notices that we’re in for a fairly powerful storm over the next 24 hours. Rain today, up to three-quarters of an inch, south winds rising to 30-40 mph gusting 60 this afternoon and a high of 55-60F. Tonight, expect even stronger winds of 40-50 mph gusting as high as 70, and 1-2 inches of rain. Things settle down tomorrow with showers likely, a chance of thunderstorms, breezy and thermometer readings in the low-50s. Outlook is for rain, heavy at times, and windy Friday through Monday, then a chance of showers on Tuesday. High temperatures of 50-55F and lows of 40-45F are projected.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 40-45F in the passes; a High Wind Warning is in effect with gusts to 45-55 mph this afternoon, rain, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations have a Wind Advisory in effect and are expecting gusts of 30-35 mph, rain, the thermometer rising to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, possibly heavy at times, east winds gusting 40 mph, high of 50F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow, slush and spots of ice this morning, temps are 30-35F; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for 4-8 inches of snow in the passes today, the snow level is 4,000 feet, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Winds are ESE 10-20 knots gusting 25 this morning with seas 12 feet at 15 seconds. A Storm Warning is in effect from 10:00am today through late tonight. S winds rising to 35-45 knots gusting 65 by this afternoon, combined seas 16 feet at 14 seconds. Tonight, S winds 40-50 knots, isolated gusts to 65, then easing to 35-40 knots gusting 45 after midnight, combined extremely rough seas 26 feet at 15 seconds. SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 35 tomorrow, seas subsiding from 23 to 19 feet in the afternoon. Outlook is for light southerlies 5-10 knots on Friday, swells 11 feet, then SW winds 25-30 knots with combined seas 15-20 feet Saturday and Sunday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, extremely breezy, surf 12-18 feet (high).
* 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 today, especially near the midday high tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
03/09 Wed 06:13 AM 0.79 L
03/09 Wed 12:25 PM 9.26 H
03/09 Wed 06:36 PM -0.61 L
03/10 Thu 01:03 AM 9.20 H
In Short: Stormy, a brief break, then rainy and windy.