Wednesday, Apr. 2nd – Lincoln County
Summary: A glancing blow yesterday as a pair of April showers scarcely grazed the ends of the Central Coast producing barely damp ground at Yachats and Lincoln City, with no precipitation recorded in the middle. The breeze was light, too, at about 10-15 mph from the northwest. Otherwise it was filtered sunshine all day with highs around 55F. In the evening sky, a dazzling crescent moon seemed to be smiling and the rest of the orb was nicely illuminated by earthshine. What clouds followed us into the evening dissipated around midnight allowing temps to drop into the upper 30s. At daybreak, mostly clear skies and a very light east wind foreshadowed a Springy day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/41F
Depoe Bay: 52F/38F
Forecast: The sky will be alive today. Along with the sun, you’ll see and hear one of the best signs of the changing season – Canada geese. Waves of V-shaped flights are heading north, honking their proclamation of warmer weather. Highs today should be 55F or better, and winds are expected to remain light. But, don’t set your sights too high. We still have a stretch of wet weather ahead before a serious change to a longer period of dry conditions. Increasing clouds tonight, low about 40F, and a light southwest breeze. Tomorrow, rain is likely by afternoon, high in the low-50s, and southwest winds ramping up to 15-20 mph gusting to 25. Outlook is for showers on Friday, rain Saturday and a chance of rain Sunday. Then, we’re off to the races with sunshine, light winds and highs up into the 60s next week.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with mostly bare pavement, possible spots of ice and about 35F. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with no delays. Valley destinations have dry pavement and sunshine in the forecast. In the Cascades, highways are currently about 25F with spots of ice; carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 4,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 137”, the same as yesterday, or 81% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo – Open Sat/Sun only
Willamette Pass – Closed
Mt Bachelor 0/126/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 2/132/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 2/43/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 3/117/Machine Groomed
Marine: This is the first day in quite some time with benign conditions on the ocean, so let’s go fishin’! NW winds are less than 10 knots, seas have dropped to 5 feet and the gateways are open. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. It looks like the entire day will be relatively calm with a NW breeze under 10 knots and wave heights around 5 feet. Changes begin tonight, however, with the wind backing to the S and rising to 10-15 knots gusting to 20 after midnight, and seas 5 feet with 3 foot wind waves. Tomorrow, another front arrives with southerlies 20-25 knots gusting to 30 and choppy seas around 7 feet. Outlook is for W wind on Friday 10-15 knots and a swell of 8 feet. For the weekend, SW winds 15-25 knots with seas building to 8-10 feet.
On the Beach… Sun, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is closed to the public through Saturday, April 5th, for annual maintenance. It will re-open on Sunday, April 6th.
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/02 Wed 08:53 AM -0.61 L
04/02 Wed 03:19 PM 7.39 H
04/02 Wed 08:51 PM 1.92 L
04/03 Thu 02:58 AM 8.63 H
In Short: Mostly sunny, light winds, then cloudy with rain.