Sunday, Mar. 13th – Lincoln County
Summary: Hail showers, lightning flashes, booming thunder, brief sunbreaks and blustery breezes provided non-stop weather entertainment yesterday.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 1,500′, overcast @ 2,100′
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: SSE 17 G 24 mph/Pressure: 29.31”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 51F/41F/43mph/0.91”
Depoe Bay: 50F/39F/54mph/0.97”
A High Wind Warning is in effect now through 6:00pm this evening for the Central Coast. The strongest winds will be between 9:00am and 3:00pm today. On beaches and headlands, south to southwest winds becoming 30-45 mph with gusts 55-65 mph. Away from beaches and headlands, south to southwest winds 25-35 mph with gusts 45-60 mph. Spotty power outages are likely. Travel may become hazardous at times especially for trucks, trailers and other high profile vehicles.
A High Surf Advisory in effect from 11:00am this morning until 10:00pm tonight. Seas building to around 25 feet this afternoon. Large breaking waves will have a tendency to occur farther from shore and in areas where they are not typically observed. Minor beach erosion will be possible today. In addition, beach goers should be aware that large sneaker waves will be possible. These waves will have the capability to run considerably farther up the beach than the waves in the preceding 15-30 minutes. These waves can easily knock people off their feet and either push them into adjacent rocks or logs or pull them out to see. Given the cold ocean temperatures along coast, hypothermia can quickly turn such situations deadly.
A Storm Warning is in effect for offshore waters (see Marine below).
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Cascades (see Travel below).
Forecast: In a scenario extremely similar to last Wednesday’s storm, we’re staring down the barrel of another one today. Strong winds, heavy rain and dangerous beaches are again on tap. Precipitation in the range of 1-2 inches along with wind gusts to 65 mph have the potential to bring down trees and possibly cause landslides. Tonight, the rain turns to showers and the breeze eases to 20-25 mph gusting 40. Showers continue tomorrow and winds subside further to 15-20 gusting 30-35 mph. Outlook is for showers lingering into Tuesday, then a drying trend kicks-in for partly to mostly sunny skies Wednesday through Friday (we deserve a break), but a return to a chance of showers on Saturday. Seasonal temperatures are expected with highs of 55-60F and lows around 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 40F in the passes; a High Wind Warning is in effect, heavy rain today, temperatures rising to 50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain, breezy, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light east winds, high of 50F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and spots of ice this morning, temps are 30-35F, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Storm Warning is in effect today for 3-8 inches of snow accumulation in the passes, the snow level 3,500 feet, and winds gusting 45-55 mph. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet pavement and windy at the lower elevations tonight, but 9-15 additional inches of snow in the Cascades.
Marine: It’s already blowing 30-35 knots at Stonewall Bank this morning with rough seas 18 feet at 14 seconds. A Storm Warning is in effect through this afternoon for S winds rising to 40 knots gusting 45-50 and seas building to 24 feet at 17 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, W winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 with swells 20 feet slowly subsiding to 16 feet. Outlook is for W winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 on Tuesday, then NE winds 10-20 knots with 5-8 foot swells Wednesday and Thursday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, very breezy, surf 20-25 feet (extreme).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas will be periodically inundated by surf, especially during this afternoon’s 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.
03/13 Sun 10:34 AM -0.04 L
03/13 Sun 04:58 PM 7.40 H
03/13 Sun 10:32 PM 2.01 L
03/14 Mon 04:56 AM 8.92 H
In Short: Stormy, showers, then slow drying and warming.