Coastal forecaster, weather observer and offshore sailor specializing in the local nuances of Central Oregon Coast weather for residents and visitors.
By: NewportOr , 3:10 PM GMT on March 16, 2014
Sunday, Mar. 16th – Lincoln County
Summary: Mist. Yup... missed Washington, hit Oregon. That timeworn Northwest axiom was an ideal fit for mid-morning to mid-afternoon yesterday when mist, forecast to arrive north of the Columbia River, slipped south and dampened most of our area instead. There was even enough precipitation to measure in the northern parts of the Central Coast. Winds were southwest 15-20 mph and the mercury closed in on 55F. By late afternoon, the mist vanished but we remained mostly cloudy headed into the evening. The Full Worm Moon was mainly behind the overcast overnight, but a few glimpses were offered in occasional holes. (The March full moon is named for the season when temperatures warm, the ground thaws and earthworms emerge from their subterranean lairs, heralding the return of the robins.) This morning it was cloudy with southwest winds 15-20 mph and a low around 50F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 57F/48F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 52F/46F/0.02”
Forecast: This is a most dynamic time of year when, as noted earlier, elements of the atmosphere skirmish for dominance. There is a wet weather system coming this way, but it is arguing with drier air on shore. If you’re going to the Lincoln City Farmers Market today, you might want to throw on a light raincoat. The chances of rain increase through the day, but it’ll be fairly warm with temps again about 55F or so. Tonight, rain could be heavy at times and winds are predicted to be 15-20 mph gusting to 30, and a low of 40F. Tomorrow, look for about a 50-50 chance of showers and cooler with highs near 50F. Outlook is for unsettled weather the rest of the week, varying between showers, clouds, sunshine and northwest winds. Highs 50-55F, lows of 40-45F.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with temps in the mid-40s, bare pavement and patchy fog. Rain is on the way; temps warming to 50F or so today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with patchy fog and no delays. Valley destinations have dry pavement and about 45F this morning warming to 60F with rain by this afternoon. In the Cascades, highways currently have mostly bare pavement with a few icy spots and 30-35F. The freezing level is 6,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for patchy fog and rain on Coast Range highways this afternoon through tonight. Valley destinations have a chance of rain today, increasing tonight. In the Cascades, a Winter Weather Advisory is posted as the snow level plummets to 4,000 feet or lower early this evening, below the highway passes. 5-10 inches of snow is predicted. So, if your travel plans call for crossing the Cascades today, earlier is better than later. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 106”, the same as 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 0/106/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Meadows 1/105/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/73/Powder
Marine: Southerly winds are up around 15-20 knots this morning and seas have risen to 12 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are restricted for all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through Monday afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this afternoon and runs through tomorrow morning. For today, SW winds 15-20 gusting 25, seas building to 18-20 feet. The breeze veers to the NW tonight, 20-25 knots gusting 30, with 6 foot wind waves riding a 16 foot W swell. Tomorrow, NW winds still up around 20-25 knots gusting 30 in the morning, easing to 15 knots gusting 20 by afternoon; wave heights 12-14 feet. Outlook is for N wind 5-10 knots and seas dropping to 8 feet on Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday, a summer-like pattern of NW winds 15-20 knots, strongest in the late afternoons and early evenings, with a W swell at 10-12 feet.
On the Beach... Cloudy, rain developing, surf 12-18 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.
03/16 Sun 01:00 PM 7.86 H
03/16 Sun 07:07 PM 0.77 L
03/17 Mon 01:24 AM 8.08 H
03/17 Mon 07:30 AM 0.97 L
In Short: Overcast, rainy and windy, then unsettled.
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