Friday, Apr. 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yachats had the dubious honor of winning all four categories yesterday with the highest and lowest temperature, the most rainfall and the peak wind gust from our latest weather system. After a mostly cloudy and calm morning, the rain and wind started about 2:00pm and was all over but the shouting by 2:00am. Spring storms don’t pack as much long-term punch as the Winter systems, so they seem to run their course in about 12 hours. The overcast began breaking up early this morning and by daybreak lots of blue was showing, the sun appeared along with a light fog and low temps were in the low-40s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 54F/47F/0.56”/29mph
Depoe Bay: 52F/45F/0.54”/34mph
Forecast: This will be one of those ‘tweener days, in between weather fronts. A little bit of everything can be anticipated today, including sunshine, clouds, a chance of showers, a high near 55F and southwest winds varying from calm to 20 mph. Showers become likely tonight, breezy and a low about 45F. Tomorrow, the last in the current series of storm systems moves in bringing rain, southerly winds gusting to 30 mph and a high again about 55F. Outlook is for another ‘tweener day on Sunday with a 50-50 chance of showers, sunbreaks, and a high in the upper-50s. Monday through Thursday, look for a bona fide Spring-like regime of mostly sunny days, partly cloudy nights, the mercury hitting 60F or better, lows in the 40s and light to moderate north winds.
Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 are open through the Coast Range with wet pavement, about 40F and showers expected today. Highway 101 along the Central Coast is wet with no delays. Valley destinations have wet pavement and showers in the forecast. In the Cascades, highways are currently about 30F with snow showers and ice and slush on the pavement; carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 4,500 feet with minor snow accumulations probable today. Outlook for weekend travelers is for wet pavement along the Central Coast, in the Coast Range and throughout the Valley. Snow showers are forecast for Cascade Mountain highways with 1-4 inches of snow in the passes through the Sunday.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 133”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 80% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo – Open Sat/Sun only
Willamette Pass – Closed
Mt Bachelor 1/126/Hard Packed
Mt Hood Meadows 2/129/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 1/43/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 0/117/Machine Groomed
Marine: Winds are down this morning, out of the WSW about 10 knots, but seas are still running 8-10 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 16 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 26 feet and less. The break in the breeze will be short-lived however as a Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect this afternoon and remains posted through this evening. SW winds increasing to 15-20 knots gusting 25 later today, and confused seas with a mixed swell of 8 feet and 3 foot wind waves. The same conditions are expected to continue overnight, and then tomorrow the SW breeze rises to 20-25 knots gusting 30 with combined choppy seas 8 feet or so. Outlook is for SW winds 5-10 knots on Sunday, mixed swell 5-6 feet. Light southerlies Monday before a switch to Spring-like weather through the rest of the week with northwesterly winds, 5-10 knots but stronger in the afternoons and evenings, and seas 5-7 feet through the period. NOTE: The US Coast Guard is proposing to disestablish Cape Meares Light (LLNR 675) as it is no longer considered necessary for the safe navigation of the seacoast. To comment on this proposed change, go here.
On the Beach… Sunshine and showers, light breeze, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is closed to the public through tomorrow 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.
04/04 Fri 10:28 AM 0.03 L
04/04 Fri 05:07 PM 6.44 H
04/04 Fri 10:20 PM 2.97 L
04/05 Sat 04:23 AM 7.61 H
In Short: Partly cloudy, showers, light winds, then rainy and windy.