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Flippin' the Switch

By: NewportOr , 3:36 PM GMT on March 15, 2014

Saturday, Mar. 15th – Lincoln County

Summary: As if someone flipped a switch, the latest weather disturbance abruptly ended about 10:00am yesterday morning. Within less than an hour, we went from wet and windy to sunny and calm. Southwest winds early in the day were 15-20 mph with a peak gust of 26 at Newport. Rainfall was light but measureable. The rest of the day you could have been humming the 1945 classic, “It Might As Well Be Spring.” Only a handful of miniature cloud puffs passed by, there wasn’t a breath of breeze and highs were 55-60F. Overnight was mostly clear, but by daybreak the switch got flipped back the other way, high clouds obscured most of the sky, low temps were in the mid-40s and a light east wind rustled the new-season leaves.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 60F/47F/0.13”
Depoe Bay: 53F/45F/0.08”
Newport: 54F/39F/0.12”
Waldport: 60F/42F/0.08”
Yachats: 57F/45F/0.14”

Forecast: Mostly cloudy but dry conditions are in store for today’s Blessing of the Fleet events in Newport. Light southwest winds developing and a high around 55F. For tonight’s Celtic Heritage Alliance ‘Shamrock Supper’ at the Shilo in Newport, expect an increasing chance of rain, southerly winds of 20-25 mph gusting 40, and an overnight low of 50F. Wet and windy tomorrow, with up to half an inch of rain and a southerly breeze gusting 35-40 mph. Outlook is for rain, possibly heavy at times tomorrow night with amounts up to three-quarters of an inch, northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 30, and a low of 45F. There’s a lingering chance of showers for Monday, high 50F or so. We’re still holding out for a dry break Tuesday and Wednesday with mostly to partly sunny skies, highs of 55F and lows around 45F. On the horizon, look for another round of showers late in the week.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with temps in the mid-30s and mostly bare pavement with possible icy spots; warming to 55F today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with no delays. Valley destinations have dry pavement, patchy fog and about 40F this morning warming to 65F this afternoon. In the Cascades, highways currently have mostly bare pavement with a few icy spots and 25F. The freezing level is 7,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for patchy fog and light rain on Coast Range highways through tomorrow. Valley destinations will have a mix of fog and a chance of light rain with temps remaining well above freezing all weekend. In the Cascades, the freezing level drops to near the highway passes tonight and tomorrow with rain turning to snow by Sunday night.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 106”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 70% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo 0/48/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass 0/26/Machine Groomed
Mt Bachelor 2/107/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 1/106/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 2/73/Powder

Marine: Fairly rough conditions today for the opening of the sport salmon fishing season. SSW winds are blowing 10-15 knots and seas are at 11 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar has not reported. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until Monday afternoon. And a Small Craft Advisory has been posted for winds from 9:00am this morning through Sunday morning. S winds rising today to 15-20 knots gusting 25 and wave heights 10-12 feet. Tonight, S winds continue 20-25 knots with seas 13 feet and wind waves to 4 feet. For Sunday, a SW breeze 15-20 knots easing to 10-15 knots, but seas building to 18-20 feet. Outlook is for a summer-like pattern Monday with NW winds 20-25 knots and a W swell at 10 feet. On Tuesday and Wednesday, expect northerlies 10-15 knots, and seas fluctuating between 8 and 11 feet.

On the Beach... Cloudy, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
This is the time of year when many more visitors, including Spring Breakers and Whale Watchers, start coming to the Central Coast. For a safe and enjoyable visit, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/15 Sat 12:21 PM 7.86 H
03/15 Sat 06:37 PM 0.62 L
03/16 Sun 12:57 AM 7.80 H
03/16 Sun 06:54 AM 1.35 L

In Short: Mostly cloudy, rain, then unsettled.

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