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The Rain Train

By: NewportOr , 4:10 PM GMT on March 01, 2014

Saturday, Mar. 1st – Lincoln County

Summary: We’re just three weeks away from the beginning of Spring and it’s green-up time. Area lawns are already begging for a trim, and that task could have been accomplished yesterday under partly cloudy skies with highs in the mid-60s. But it appears most folks didn’t choose not to burn a sunny TGIF to mow the grass. Meanwhile, clammers out for the minus tide early in the evening still had good daylight as the thickening clouds didn’t become complete overcast until just after dark. A smidge of rain overnight with lows temps in the mid-40s. This morning it was raining lightly, winds were calm, and the mercury was hovering around 50F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 63F/49F/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 65F/43F/0.01”
Newport: 64F/46F/0.03”
Waldport: 66F/47F/0.03”
Yachats: 62F/48F/0.01”

Forecast: Hop aboard the Rain Train; your ticket gets punched today and is valid for the entire week. You’ll need a light raincoat on your way to the train’s first stop today at the Newport Farmers Market re-opening at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Highs this afternoon in the low-50s with light southerly winds. When the train arrives in Yachats this evening for the Mardi Gras Starlight Costume Parade at the Commons, keep your umbrella handy, you’ll need it. Tomorrow, it’s a good thing the Lincoln City Farmers Market is inside. When the Rain Train stops at the Cultural Center, you’ll have to make a dash indoors due to heavier precipitation; up to half an inch is forecast for Sunday. Outlook is for rumbling down the storm track tomorrow night into Monday, with up to an inch of rain and southwest winds 20-25 mph gusting to 35 or higher. Wet and windy the rest of the week, so keep your ticket handy.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open with wet pavement, light rain and temperatures around 40F warming to 50F today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays. Valley destinations are wet this morning with light rain and forecast highs today of 45-50F. Portland is under a Wind Advisory through tonight for easterly gusts to 45 mph. In the Cascades, Highway 26 is below freezing with spots of ice at Government Camp. Carry chains or traction tires. Highway 20 has packed snow with chains or traction tires required at Tombstone west of Santiam Pass. The snow level is near the passes at 5,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for wet and breezy conditions on the Coast Range highways and in the Valley. Traversing the Cascades will be hazardous today, tonight and tomorrow with several inches of snow and occasional freezing rain. The freezing level is 4,000 feet but dropping to 2,500 feet, well below the passes, tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 103”, a loss of 2” since yesterday, or 72% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 3/105/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 0/103/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/45/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/123/Powder

Marine: Conditions are reasonable this morning offshore. The wind has come around to the S 10-15 knots and seas are down to 5 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. Though winds are expected to remain moderate today and tonight, S at 5-15 knots, it’s going to get lumpy with a confused sea. Two 6 foot swells sets, one from the W and the other from S, are arriving simultaneously. Tomorrow, seas stay around 6 feet, but by afternoon the breeze starts ramping up to 15-25 knots. Outlook is for a snotty week ahead. S winds 20-30 knots with higher gusts, potential gales, and wave heights rising to 10-12 feet, possibly 15 feet, by mid-week.

On the Beach... Rain, light wind, surf 4-5 feet (low).
03/01 Sat 11:55 AM 9.46 H
03/01 Sat 06:16 PM -0.64 L
03/02 Sun 12:39 AM 9.1 H
03/02 Sun 06:37 AM 0.57 L

In Short: Light rain, light wind, then stormy.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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