Busy Beaches

By: NewportOr , 3:06 PM GMT on March 22, 2014

Saturday, Mar. 22nd – Lincoln County

Summary: The full day of sunshine would have been a great hand to bet on yesterday, but it was trumped by a Jack (Frost), cool daytime temperatures and a chilly wind. The high just reached 50F and north winds blew 20-25 with gusts to 30 all afternoon. No precipitation was recorded on the Central Coast. The breeze faded just at sunset so lots of folks flocked to the beaches and headlands for the magnificent view. Clear skies reigned overnight and the mercury dropped to freezing. At daybreak, the sky was crystal blue but we were dealt a frosty hand because the Jack got played again. Hey, Jack, the discard pile is to the north.

Past 24 Hours High/Low...
Lincoln City: 54F/38F
Depoe Bay: 50F/32F
Newport: 50F/30F
Waldport: 51F/33F
Yachats: 50F/35F

Forecast: A busy weekend is in store for Central Coast beaches, and part of that is due to the weather. Sunny skies, a high of 55F and lighter north winds will offer added incentive for volunteers to help with today’s beach cleanup; it is also the beginning of Whale Watch Week; and thousands of visitors will be arriving for Spring Break vacations. Clear and chilly again tonight, low about 35F. Tomorrow, look for more sunshine with light winds and a high near 60F. Outlook is for even warmer on Monday, a solid 60F or a little above, with mostly sunny skies and light southerlies. Then, everything changes. Beginning Monday night we expect to see clouds rapidly thickening and rain developing. More rain on Tuesday, followed by showers and unsettled wet weather through the rest of the week. Breezy at times with highs of 55F and lows of 45F through the extended period.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range, well below freezing, and have mostly bare pavement with icy patches through mid-morning. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with icy spots, especially on the headlands. Valley destinations have mostly bare pavement with temps right at freezing and some patches of frost. In the Cascades, highways are about 20F with spots of ice. The freezing level is 4,000 feet rising to 5,000 feet today. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is to expect heavier than normal traffic on Highways 18, 20, 34 and 101 as sunshine and several events draw a gaggle of visitors to the Central Coast. On the pavement itself, Coast Range, Valley and Cascades highways should be dry with spots of ice nights and mornings through tomorrow.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, no change since yesterday, or 73% 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 0/110/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/26/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/73/Powder

Marine: Conditions are showing some improvement this morning with NNE winds down to 10-15 knots and seas holding at 6 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. For today and tonight, N winds 10-15 knots gusting to 20 and lumpy seas 5-6 feet with 4 foot wind waves. Tomorrow may be the best shot for small craft fishermen to get a line wet as NE winds drop to 5-10 knots and seas stay about 7 feet. Outlook is for the breeze to switch to southerly on Monday, 5-10 knots early then building to 15-20 gusting 25 by late afternoon with a westerly swell of 4 feet. Monday night a strong front arrives with gale force gusts up to 35 knots, seas rising to 5-7 feet. Tuesday and Wednesday, SW winds 15-25 knots and wave heights building to 12-15 feet. Snotty the rest of the week with a series of fronts predicted.

On the Beach... Sunny, light winds, surf 5-6 feet (low).
SOLV Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup is today. Details here.
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
03/21 Fri 10:20 AM 0.31 L
03/21 Fri 04:47 PM 6.45 H
03/21 Fri 10:03 PM 2.71 L
03/22 Sat 04:19 AM 8.32 H

In Short: Clear, warmer, light wind, then wet and unsettled.

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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