A Double Whammy

By: NewportOr , 4:12 PM GMT on March 04, 2014

Tuesday, Mar. 4th – Lincoln County

Summary: Kind of blah weather yesterday with cloudy skies and windshield wipers on delay. Temperatures were almost steady at 50F; rainfall was generally below measureable criteria, except for a couple of places where heavier showers passed through, dumping their load; and winds were southerly 15-25 mph with a peak gust of 36 on the Yaquina Bay Bridge. This morning we awoke to overcast skies, fog in spots, fairly light winds and a ‘low’ of 50F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 54F/50F
Depoe Bay: 51F/49F
Newport: 52F/50F
Waldport: 53F/51F
Yachats: 52F/50F

Forecast: We’re on a sluggish run-up to stormy weather. A good chance of light rain showers today, south-southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 25, and warm with a high near 60F. By tonight, expect increasing rain with up to an inch, winds 10-15 mph gusting 20 or so and a low of 50F. Tomorrow, expect the first part of a double whammy. A Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for windy conditions and periods of heavier rain. Two distinct storm systems will bring wet, mild and occasionally windy weather to the Central Coast on Wednesday and Thursday. Heavy rain may be enough to bring some flooding to area streams and rivers by Thursday. Up to 3 inches of rain should be common between now and the end of Thursday for the Central Coast, and two-day rainfall totals may approach 4-8 inches across the higher terrain of the Coast Range. Already saturated ground adds an increased risk of landslides, too. In addition, the two low pressure systems will bring occasional high winds to beaches, headlands and coastal communities possibly as early as tonight, but more likely late Wednesday night into Thursday. Winds could gust 50-60 mph at times on Wednesday, possibly even higher on Thursday. Coupled with the wet conditions of late, the high winds may make downed trees more likely than normal. High and low temperatures through the stormy period will be in the low-50s. Outlook is for a mostly dry Friday, some sunbreaks, light winds and a high about 55F. Then, a few showers on Saturday and back to rain on Sunday.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement, light rain showers, patchy fog and temperatures in the low-40s warming to 55F today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast has no delays. Valley destinations have damp pavement, a chance of showers and forecast highs of 60F. In the Cascades, highways have mostly bare pavement, a few icy spots and a 50-50 chance of snow showers today. The snow level is near the passes at 5,000 feet, but should rise above the highways to 6,000 feet by tonight. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 110”, a gain of 4” since yesterday, or 75% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/60/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/36/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 3/112/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 3/112/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/47/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 5/132/Powder

Marine: S winds 10-15 knots and seas around 9 feet face mariners this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 30 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory goes into effect this evening through tomorrow morning for S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 and choppy seas 7-8 feet. The same conditions are expected through much of tomorrow. Outlook is for gale force winds tomorrow night, S 30-35 knots and combined seas 14 feet. On Thursday, a full gale with S winds increasing to 40 knots with possible storm force gusts in the 50s, seas building to 20 feet or higher. Slowly easing conditions are forecast for Friday, but stronger winds return Saturday and Sunday. NOTE: All commercial fishermen are invited to a meeting with Oregon Sea Grant educators who will talk about the major changes to safety requirements for commercial fishing vessels and crews. The next meeting is tomorrow, March 5th, from 10:00am to noon at Englund Marine in Newport. Another meeting is planned for April 10th, same place and time.

On the Beach... Showers, light wind, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
Tides
03/04 Tue 08:16 AM 0.3 L
03/04 Tue 02:29 PM 7.91 H
03/04 Tue 08:19 PM 1.21 L
03/05 Wed 02:38 AM 9.01 H

In Short: Cloudy, chance of showers, then stormy.

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