Saturday, Mar. 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: Showers, short bursts of breeze to near 40 mph and seasonal temperatures rounded out yesterday’s weather. Around an inch of rain was recorded, most of it falling overnight.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,400′, broken @ 3,500′, overcast @ 4,100′
Visibility: 8 miles/Wind: SSE 8 mph/Pressure: 29.51”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/41F/27mph/1.11”
Depoe Bay: 53F/39F/40mph/0.85”
A High Wind Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from Sunday morning through Sunday evening. South to southwest winds 35-50 mph with gusts 55-70 mph developing after 8:00am Sunday. Strongest winds between 11:00am and 4:00pm Sunday. Confidence is high. Tree damage and power disruptions are likely if this storm comes in as forecast. Winds of this magnitude can cause large trees or limbs to fall. Falling trees or limbs can be deadly. Travel may become hazardous at times, especially for trucks, trailers and other high profile vehicles. A High Wind Watch means there is the potential for a hazardous high wind event. Sustained winds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of 58 mph or stronger may occur.
Forecast: We’ll get some mileage out of the phrase ‘spring ahead’ today. One use, of course, is that Daylight Saving (not Savings) Time begins at 2:00am tomorrow morning, so set your clocks ahead one hour tonight. Another implementation of the phrase could be that we see Spring ahead with a couple of sunny and warm days expected later in the week. But, don’t order your sunscreen and briquettes just yet. There’s a storm to weather first. Showers and possible thunderstorms with small hail today, up to three-quarters of an inch of precipitation and sou’westers 20-25 mph gusting 40. Tonight, steady rain developing, low 46F. High winds tomorrow as southerlies rise to 40-50 mph gusting 60-70 and heavy rain with 1-2 inch totals. Outlook is for showers Monday through Wednesday before we manage to finagle some Spring-like conditions out of the sky with sunshine Thursday and Friday. Temperatures warming a bit through the week as highs reach 60F and lows dip slightly to 50-55F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 35-40F in the passes; windy, showers and a chance of thunderstorms today, temperatures rising to 50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, possible thunderstorms, breezy, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, west winds gusting 20-25 mph, highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and it’s snowing hard this morning, temps are right at 30F, with chains or traction tires required; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect today for 4-8 inches of snow accumulation in the passes, the snow level lowering from 5,000 to 3,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet pavement and breezy at the lower elevations, but a Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the Cascades tomorrow with possibly heavy snow and very windy in passes, the snow level remaining 3,00-4,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are SSE 20-30 knots this morning with rough seas 12-13 feet at 9 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for winds and seas are in effect through late tonight. A Storm Watch is then in effect from late tonight through Sunday evening. SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 today with combined seas 14-15 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, S winds rising to 30 knots gusting 40 after midnight, combined seas 17 feet at 13 seconds. Southerlies increase tomorrow to 30-40 knots gusting 55 and very rough combined seas build to 23-26 feet. Outlook is for W winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 on Monday, swells around 16 feet, then SW winds Tuesday 10-15 knots, seas 13 feet, and N winds 5-10 knots Wednesday with swells subsiding to 8-10 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, 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.
03/12 Sat 08:39 AM -0.19 L
03/12 Sat 02:59 PM 8.06 H
03/12 Sat 08:43 PM 1.17 L
03/13 Sun 04:08 AM 9.27 H
In Short: Showers, stormy, then slow drying and warming.