High Wind & Heavy Rain (Again)

By: NewportOr , 4:20 PM GMT on March 08, 2014

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Saturday, Mar. 8th – Lincoln County

Summary: Well, that was nice while it lasted. Lots of sunshine, nearly calm winds, no measureable precipitation and highs around 60F yesterday gave Central Coast residents a short-lived break from the stormy weather. Waldport recorded the highest temperature at 61F. After a cloudy morning, the overcast broke into small and manageable pieces, and a dry, sunny day ensued. Clouds started filtering in around sunset and overnight completely covered the sky; lows were in the mid-40s; and there was the merest hint of light rain, with Lincoln City and Yachats recording a tenth of an inch. It was cloudy and calm at daybreak.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 59F/49F
Depoe Bay: 56F/45F
Newport: 59F/43F
Waldport: 61F/45F
Yachats: 58F/47F

Forecast: A strong Pacific front will move across the Central Coast and Coast Range today and tonight, causing strong winds and heavy rain. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through 4:00am tomorrow morning.

Winds in Central Coast communities are predicted to be south at 25-35 mph with gusts of 50-60 mph; near beaches and headlands, 30-40 mph with gusts of 60-70 mph. Peak winds are expected during the late afternoon and evening hours. Winds will begin decreasing a few hours after midnight on Sunday morning. The high winds may cause tree damage and result in local power disruptions. Travel may be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. And, another 1-2 inches of rain associated with this weather system may cause localized flooding of low spots and roadways. With the ground already saturated from previous heavy rainfall, more landslides are also possible. We will continue to monitor this storm and provide updates as needed.

Outlook is for showers tomorrow with much lighter winds, southwest at 10 mph, and a high around 55F. Showers remain likely tomorrow night and Monday, low 45F, high 55F. Clearing with sunshine, light winds and a high of 55-60F for Tuesday. A slight chance of showers, with a mix of sun and clouds, and light winds are forecast for the remainder of the week.

Time: Don’t forget to spring forward. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00am Sunday morning, so set your clocks ahead an hour before you turn in tonight.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with bare pavement and temperatures in the low-40s. Travel could become hazardous during high winds and heavy rain this afternoon and evening, with the possibility of landslides, downed trees, limbs and power lines. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays, but high winds may make travel unsafe later today and tonight for high profile vehicles like RVs and trucks, especially on bridges and overpasses. Valley destinations have dry pavement, but are expecting rain later today and highs near 60F. In the Cascades, highways are near freezing and have spots of ice. The snow level is 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for rain showers tomorrow and tomorrow night on Coast Range highways and in the Valley. On Cascade highways, rainy and breezy tonight, rain showers Sunday, but the snow level drops to pass level by Sunday night.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 108”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 72% of normal. Weekly snow total, +3”; difference from last year, -17”; deviation from 30 year average, -16”.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 4/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 4/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 0/109/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 7/110/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/37/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 4/86/Powder

Marine: Offshore at Stonewall Bank this morning, S winds have picked up to 15-20 knots and seas are around 7 feet. Conditions are lighter near shore. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for S winds to 25 knots is in effect until 10:00am this morning, at which point it morphs into a Gale Warning through late tonight. S winds rising to 25-30 knots gusting 40, seas building to 12 feet. Tonight, S winds 30-35 knots gusting 45, easing after midnight to 30 knots, combined seas 17 feet. For Sunday, SW winds 5-10 knots gusting to 15 with wave heights falling to 13 feet. Outlook is for a light W to NW breeze 5-15 knots Monday through Wednesday, seas subsiding to 9-11 feet.

On the Beach... Rainy, extremely windy, surf 7-13 feet (moderate).
Tides
03/08 Sat 12:14 PM 1.19 L
03/08 Sat 07:00 PM 5.83 H
03/08 Sat 11:53 PM 3.68 L
03/09 Sun 07:07 AM 7.39 H

In Short: Heavy rain, high winds, showers, then clearing.

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