Thursday, Apr. 3rd – Lincoln County
Summary: For the definition of a nearly perfect Spring day, just look up yesterday in the weather atlas. Mostly sunny skies, high temps were generally 55F or higher, a light southwest wind struggled to hit 15 mph and no precipitation was recorded. Few if any clouds found their way to the Central Coast after noon, and it was clear as a bell until about 10:00pm last night when the leading edge of a low pressure system arrived. Broken- to full-overcast has been the case since, including this morning. Lows were warmer than yesterday with local weather stations showing readings in the upper 40s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 60F/44F
Depoe Bay: 52F/38F
Forecast: A flip-flopping weather pattern is on tap for the next few days. Rain is forecast to develop later today, along with southwest winds of 15-25 gusting to 30, and a high in the low-50s. Showers and continued breezy tonight with a low in the low-40s. Tomorrow, showers, some sunbreaks, lighter winds and warmer, maybe 55F or so. Outlook is for flopping back to rain on Saturday and showers for Sunday. Then, it should flip to mostly sunny days and partly cloudy nights for Monday into mid-week with highs of 60F or greater.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with mostly bare pavement, about 40F and rain later today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is dry with no delays. Valley destinations have dry pavement but rain in the forecast. In the Cascades, highways are currently about 30F with spots of ice and slush; carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 4,000 feet. Up to 3 inches of snow is possible later today and tonight in the passes.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 134”, a loss of 3” since yesterday, or 81% of normal. Weekly snow total, +6”; difference from last April 1st, +17”; deviation from 30 year average for April 1st, +5”. These statistics are for the Hood/Deschutes snow basin. Other basins aren’t fairing as well. Willamette is 61% of normal; Rogue is only 36%; and Klamath is at 32%.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo – Open Sat/Sun only
Willamette Pass – Closed
Mt Bachelor 0/126/Hard Packed
Mt Hood Meadows 2/129/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 1/43/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/117/Machine Groomed
Marine: Yesterday’s weather window is closing quickly. S winds are back up in the 15-20 knot range offshore this morning, and seas are about 5 feet with 4 foot wind waves. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is unrestricted. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 20 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect at 10:00am this morning and runs through this evening. S winds are expected to rise to 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 today and tonight while swells build to 7-10 feet with a 5 foot chop on top. Tomorrow, SW winds 10 knots gusting 15 and wave heights around 10 feet. Outlook for the weekend includes southerlies 15-20 knots gusting 25 and seas hovering around 8 feet. Winds may be a little lighter on Sunday before veering to the N on Monday and dropping to 5-10 knots.
On the Beach… Rainy, breezy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
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.
04/03 Thu 09:39 AM -0.35 L
04/03 Thu 04:11 PM 6.90 H
04/03 Thu 09:33 PM 2.48 L
04/04 Fri 03:38 AM 8.16 H
In Short: Rain, wind, showers, then clearing and warmer next week.