Wednesday, Mar. 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: Relatively quiet conditions yesterday with light winds, about a third of an inch of rain and high temps just above 50F. A minor front came through in the afternoon bringing sou’westers 10-15 mph, but that had passed by 8:00pm last night and the breeze fell back to light out of the southeast. Overnight, there were periods of rain and drizzle with visibility dropping to as low as 2 miles at times and the thermometer dipping into the mid-40s. At dawn, it was overcast, drizzly/foggy, and the breeze was southwest under 10 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 200′
Visibility: 0.5 miles/Wind: WSW 6 mph/Pressure: 30.09”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 51F/47F/0.44”
Depoe Bay: 50F/42F/0.38”
Forecast: Expect a little more rain this morning before intermission begins. It looks like we’ll be drying out by this afternoon, maybe some sunshine later, highs of 55-60F and light winds. Mostly clear tonight and cool as lows dip to 40F or a smidge below. Tomorrow, sunny, high 60F and east winds 10-15 mph. Outlook is for mostly sunny skies again on Friday, then the intermission ends Saturday and rain returns to the stage through Sunday, with showers continuing Monday and Tuesday. The mercury stays mainly seasonal as highs average about 55F and lows fall to 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 45F in the passes; rain turning to a slight chance of showers today, temperatures 55-60F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain early, clearing later, the thermometer rising to 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain before noon then mostly cloudy, light west winds, high of 55F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and slush this morning, temps are 30-35F, carry chains or traction tires; chance of rain and snow showers today with an inch of snow possible down to 4,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are variable 10-15 knots this morning with seas down to 9 feet at 13 seconds. N to NE winds today, tonight and tomorrow 10-15 knots gusting 20-25 (strongest out past 10 miles), swells subsiding from 8 feet to 5 feet. Outlook is for SE winds Friday through Sunday 5-15 knots with seas 3 feet Friday but building to 7-9 feet over the weekend. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain ending, sunbreaks, light breeze, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
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03/16 Wed 06:55 AM 8.03 H
03/16 Wed 01:56 PM 0.72 L
03/16 Wed 08:44 PM 6.41 H
03/17 Thu 01:55 AM 3.64 L
In Short: Rain, partial clearing, drying and warming, then rain returns.