Saturday, Mar. 19th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday began mostly clear with an east wind but the situation changed quickly around lunchtime when the breeze swung around to the southwest and skies turned mostly cloudy. Periods of filtered sunshine alternated with the clouds all day, southerly winds gusted near 30 mph and high temps flirted with 60F. The first rain from the current weather system fell after dark as the overcast thickened further. It was showery overnight with lows around 50F. This morning, skies were cloudy and the breeze had fallen dead calm.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 1,400′
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: SSW 10 G 16 mph/Pressure: 29.89”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/51F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 61F/47F/0.03”
Forecast: If there’s anything on the Honey Do List that you planned to accomplish ‘sometime this Winter,’ you have until tonight to get it done. For our final hours of Winter today, expect mostly cloudy skies, a chance of showers, light winds and a high of 55-60F. Tonight, Spring arrives at 9:30pm under deepening overcast and possible showers, low near 50F. On the first full day of Spring tomorrow, rainy and windy conditions are predicted with a high of 55F. Outlook is for showers Monday through Friday with average temperatures of 55F highs and 45F lows.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s bare pavement and 45F in the passes; a chance of showers today, temperatures 50-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting a slight chance of showers and the thermometer rising to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, east winds gusting 25-30 mph, high of 60F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, temps are 30-35F, carry chains or traction tires; partly sunny and possible showers today, the snow level is 7,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet and dry pavement, with snow showers possible in the Cascade passes Sunday night.
Marine: Seas are around 7 feet at 12 seconds this morning with a S wind 10-20 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from tomorrow morning through Monday afternoon. Southerlies today and tonight 10-15 knots gusting 20 after midnight, swells building to 8 feet at 13 seconds. Tomorrow, S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 and seas 7-8 feet. Outlook is for southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 Monday with seas building to 12 feet, W winds Tuesday 10-15 knots, swells 12 feet, and then SW winds 10-15 knots, seas subsiding to 9 feet on Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, possible showers, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/19 Sat 10:22 AM 7.74 H
03/19 Sat 05:00 PM 0.47 L
03/19 Sat 11:37 PM 7.38 H
03/20 Sun 05:15 AM 2.50 L
In Short: Overcast, chance of showers, then wet and unsettled.