Friday, Mar. 11th – Lincoln County
Summary: Although it was relatively breezy yesterday, there were some nice sunny periods mixed in with the clouds and occasional showers. Somehow, those showers seemed to know exactly when you’d decided to step outside; a false sense of security prevailed all day. The thermometer made a trip into the upper-50s and wind gusts plied the realm of the mid-30s. Broken sky cover provided shutterbugs with contrast for their sunset shots and scattered clouds continued overnight. Low temps dipped into the mid-40s. Rain and drizzle reappeared at dawn and the light east wind swung around to the south.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 1,500′ & 2,000′
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: ESE 3 mph/Pressure: 29.49”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/48F/33mph/0.09”
Depoe Bay: 56F/43F/33mph/0.04”
Forecast: The skids will be greased for a wet and windy weekend with showers today, high 55F and light winds. The next storm comes in tonight packing southerlies 20-25 mph gusting 40 and steady rain developing. Tomorrow, rain, southwest winds gusting 35 and cooler as highs barely reach 50F. Outlook is for rain, heavy at times, and breezy Saturday night and Sunday, showers Monday and Tuesday, partly sunny Wednesday, then mostly sunny and warmer Thursday. High temps, after a cool start this weekend, are expected to rise to 55-60F by the end of the week, lows 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s bare pavement and 35-40F in the passes; showers likely today, temperatures 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, east winds gusting 35-40 mph, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, temps are right at 32F; snow showers today, 1-3 inches accumulation in the passes, the snow level is 4,500 feet, carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet pavement at the lower elevations, but up to a foot of snow is possible in the Cascade passes between tonight and Sunday night, the snow level at 3,500-4,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are SE 10-15 knots this morning with seas down to 10 feet at 11 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect from this evening through tomorrow morning. Not too much going on today as SE winds stay 10-15 knots gusting 20 but swells build a little to 13 feet. This evening, SW winds rise to 20-25 knots gusting 35, then to 30-35 knots gusting 45 after midnight with combined seas 11 feet at 11 seconds. Southerlies continue tomorrow at 20-25 knots gusting 30 and steep 13 foot seas at 10 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 35-40 knots gusting 45 on Sunday with combined seas building as high as 27 feet, then W winds 20-25 knots, swells 16 feet Monday, and sou’westers 15-20 knots and swells around 14 feet Tuesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, light breeze, surf 10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/11 Fri 07:48 AM -0.11 L
03/11 Fri 02:05 PM 8.65 H
03/11 Fri 07:59 PM 0.39 L
03/12 Sat 02:23 AM 9.45 H
In Short: Showers, rainy and windy, then sunny!