WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: Highway Signs of Spring

Chris Burns Weather

Saturday, Apr. 5th – Lincoln County

Summary: Slow deterioration, or sluggish improvement, depending on your point of view yesterday. Sun worshippers enjoyed the early half of the day, and pluviophiles relished the latter half. Highs reached the mid-50s. The clouds thickened substantially by late afternoon and a couple of showers rolled through. Rainfall amounts were near a quarter inch, including what fell during additional showers overnight. Southwest winds topped out around 20 mph. The showery pattern continued this morning with lows in the mid-40s. On the bright side, pun intended, we’re right at 13 hours of daylight today, and still gaining about 3 minutes each day.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/47F/0.16”
Depoe Bay: 52F/45F/0.07”
Newport: 54F/43F/0.25”
Waldport: 55F/45F/0.17”
Yachats: 54F/46F/0.27”

Forecast: It’s a good thing the Farmer’s Market is indoors at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, as widespread rain is forecast to develop today, highs in the low-50s, and southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 30. You’ll still need a raincoat on the way to Laughs for Lighthouses, the annual comedy fundraiser, at the Newport Performing Arts Center this evening with showers predicted and continued breezy. Lows around 45F or so tonight. Tomorrow, we’re down to a 50-50 chance of showers and a high about 55F. Outlook is for partly to mostly sunny next week with highs 60F or better. There is one fly in the ointment – a chance of some brief light rain Tuesday night or Wednesday.

Travel: At 8:00am, Highways 18, 20 and 34 through the Coast Range, Highway 101 along the Central Coast and all Valley destinations are well above freezing with wet pavement, no delays and rain today. In the Cascades, highways are currently about 30F with snow showers and slush or packed snow on the pavement; carry chains or traction tires. The freezing level is 4,000 feet with minor snow accumulations forecast today. Outlook for weekend travelers is for wet pavement everywhere but the Cascades where snow showers are forecast for the passes with 1-4 inches of snow possible through tonight. Rain showers tomorrow.

NOTE: Except for the Cascades, there’s another indisputable sign of Spring along area highways. ODOT crews have been removing the ‘Carry Chains or Traction Tires’ boards from the Snow Zone signs in the lower Coast Range passes, like Cline Hill (770’) on Highway 20. They’ve also been sweeping the shoulders to clean up the leftover pea gravel used for sanding during ice and snow events. All this apparently means we’re done with any serious threat of snow in those passes.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 132”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 81% of normal.

Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo 0/72/Packed Powder
Willamette Pass – Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 2/125/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 1/129/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/43/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 3/119/Machine Groomed

Marine: SW winds are relatively light this morning at about 10 knots, and wave heights have dropped to 6 feet, but don’t get your hopes up. Another blow is headed this way. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through this evening for S winds increasing to 20-25 knots today and lumpy seas 8-10 feet with 4 foot wind waves. Tonight, W to SW winds 5-15 knots gusting 20, swells 8 feet. Light winds tomorrow at 5-10 knots and seas remaining around 7 feet. Outlook is for light southerlies on Monday and Tuesday with a mixed swell of 5-6 feet. Wednesday through Friday, NW winds 10-15 knots with higher gusts in the afternoons and evenings, and seas running 4-7 feet.

On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is closed to the public today for annual maintenance. It will re-open tomorrow.
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/05 Sat 11:22 AM 0.45 L
04/05 Sat 06:10 PM 6.08 H
04/05 Sat 11:17 PM 3.36 L
04/06 Sun 05:15 AM 7.06 H

In Short: Rain, windy, showers, then clearing.

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