WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: Wet Week Watch

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, Apr. 21st – Lincoln County

Summary: Sunny skies dominated the Central Coast for Easter Sunday with high temperatures generally 55-60F; Lincoln City recorded 62F for the warm spot. Adding to the fair flavor of yesterday’s weather, we had only light southwest winds of 10-15 mph and no precipitation. The only issue at all was for those on the beaches where high surf posed a threat throughout the day, but it seems most people stayed back at a safe distance. Overnight, mostly clear, a bit of fog, lows in the mid-40s and a light east wind. At daybreak, a few clouds were visible in advance of changing conditions.

Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 62F/48F
Depoe Bay: 58F/42F
Newport: 55F/43F
Waldport: 61F/44F
Yachats: 58F/45F

Forecast: April showers are back, or nearly so, and it looks like we may be at the end of the up and down cycle of sunny and rainy days. The trend now focuses on the latter. Though today starts off mostly sunny, expect increasing clouds, a 50-50 chance of showers, high of 55F and the breeze veering to the southwest 5-10 mph. By tonight, showers become likely, light west wind and lows about 45F. More showers tomorrow, with an outside chance of a thunderstorm, high in the low-50s. Outlook is for rainy and windy weather Wednesday and Thursday, showers on Friday, and rain likely again over the weekend. The mercury will reside between the low-50s and low-40s through extended period.

Travel: In the Coast Range, showers later today with highs of 55-60F. Valley destinations have a chance of showers and temps of 60-65F. For the Cascades, there’s a chance of rain showers today with the freezing level at 6,000 feet, but big changes are coming. A Special Weather Statement has been issued for several inches of snow on Cascade highway passes from late tonight through Wednesday. The freezing level drops to 4,500 feet tonight, then 3,000 feet by Tuesday. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 68% of normal.

Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/100/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 0/109/Spring
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Season
Timberline Lodge 0/147/Machine Groomed

Marine: The wind is light, SSW 5-10 knots, and seas have fallen to about 12 feet this morning after those 20-footers yesterday. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is restricted for recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for seas remains in effect through tomorrow morning. The breeze veers to the NNW today, 10-15 knots, and wave heights stay around 10-12 feet. Tonight, NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas 10 feet. Tomorrow, winds backing to the SW 10-15 knots, swells 8 feet or so. Outlook is for another weather system to arrive on Wednesday packing SW winds of 20-25 knots gusting 30 with seas building to 10-12 feet. Thursday, the SW breeze is expected to remain up around 20-25 knots, seas 10 feet. By Friday, winds lighten to SW 5-10 knots, seas still 10 feet or so. Continued southerly weather appears likely through the weekend.

On the Beach… Mixed sky, showers, light breeze, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
Tides
04/21 Mon 11:59 AM -0.35 L
04/21 Mon 06:55 PM 6.53 H
04/22 Tue 12:13 AM 3.02 L
04/22 Tue 06:06 AM 7.28 H

In Short: Becoming cloudy, showers, light winds, then cloudy with rain/showers.

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