Sunday, Apr. 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: The final episode in a series of Spring weather disturbances played out as expected yesterday. Steady light rain most of the day kept lawnmowers in garages and raingear on beach walkers. Highs were in the low-50s. By evening the rain turned to showers which lasted through the night. The thermometer barely dropped, with lows about 50F. Rainfall amounts were typically around a quarter of an inch, and southwest winds blew 15-25 mph with a peak gust of 34 mph at Depoe Bay. As the front passed about 3:00am this morning, the winds fell light along with the showers. At daybreak, it was foggy with occasional drizzle and barely a breath of breeze.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 54F/51F/0.24”/28mph
Depoe Bay: 51F/49F/0.23”/34mph
Forecast: We’re headed for dry-out. Following a week of on and off rain, today should be the last one for a while with measureable precipitation. In fact, by this afternoon, we could start seeing some sunbreaks in the clouds, a high around 55F and light winds. Mostly cloudy skies tonight with some fog developing, low of 45F. Tomorrow, after morning fog there should be mostly to partly sunny skies for rest of the day with highs around 60F. Outlook is for a fairly dry week with at minimum partly sunny days and partly cloudy nights; highs near 60F and lows about 45F. There could be gusty northwest winds in the afternoons and evenings. The only caveat is a weakening system expected Tuesday night with a 50-50 chance of some light rain.
Travel: At 8:00am, Coast Range, Valley and Cascades highways are wet with no delays and have rain showers in the forecast early today. Outlook for weekend travelers is for wet/bare pavement everywhere in Western Oregon through tonight.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 134”, a gain of 2” 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 4/125/Variable
Mt Hood Meadows 2/131/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl 0/43/Machine Groomed
Timberline Lodge 1/118/Machine Groomed
Marine: Relatively light conditions on the ocean this morning with winds out of the WSW at 10 knots, a long-period swell of 7 feet and areas of fog. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 16 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Nothing serious expected today; a SW breeze of just 5-10 knots and seas 6-7 feet. Much the same forecast holds through tomorrow, though gusts to 15 knots are possible at times. The next issue of concern will be Tuesday afternoon when a front arrives with SW winds rising to 20-25 knots and seas building to 8 feet. Wednesday through Friday, a fair weather pattern of NW winds 10-15 knots gusting to 20 or higher in the late afternoons and evenings, and wave heights hovering around 5-6 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, mostly cloudy, light breeze, surf 4-5 feet (low).
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse re-opens today following a week-long closure for annual maintenance. Tours run hourly from noon to 3:00pm. Pick up a free tour pass at the Interpretive Center.
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/06 Sun 12:22 PM 0.81 L
04/06 Sun 07:20 PM 5.91 H
04/07 Mon 12:27 AM 3.55 L
04/07 Mon 06:18 AM 6.61 H
In Short: Showers, breaking up, then partly cloudy and warmer.