Tuesday, Apr. 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Dawdling albeit steady degradation characterized yesterday’s weather as we started off in sunshine and ended in rain. Precipitation amounts were substantial for this time of year at a quarter to half an inch, depending on where the heaviest showers chose to dump their load. Northwest winds blew 15-20 mph with a peak gust of 25 at Depoe Bay. High temps were 55-60F. Overcast skies and occasional showers followed us into darkness, with a low near 45F. After the cold front passed about 3:00am this morning, the cloud cover began breaking up and the last light rain shower fell around 6:00am. At daybreak, a mixed sky with sunshine and a light west wind greeted early risers.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/47F/0.52”
Depoe Bay: 59F/43F/0.23”
Forecast: Rain until further notice. Some quantity of precipitation is in the forecast every day for the next week. After a brief sunny break early today, showers become likely again this afternoon along with southwest winds building to 10-15 mph gusting to 30 or so and a high in the low-50s. A hefty and fairly powerful weather system is expected to begin moving onto the Central Coast tonight with steady rain and southwest winds of 15-20 mph gusting to 35, low temps about 45F. Tomorrow and tomorrow night the main portion of the storm arrives packing southwest winds 25-35 mph gusting as high as 50. Rainfall through the period could top 2 inches. Outlook is for showers and breezy on Thursday, showers Friday and Saturday, rain likely Saturday night and Sunday, and a chance of showers for Monday. Highs 55F, lows 45F throughout the period. The only light at the end of the tunnel is in the long range projections which now show a drying period beginning next Tuesday.
Travel: In the Coast Range, sunshine and showers today with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and temps of 55F. For the Cascades, there’s slush and packed snow on highway passes this morning with more snow on the way; an additional 2 inches possible today, 2-5 inches tonight and another 1-3 inches tomorrow. The freezing level is at 3,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 113”, a loss of 3” 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 3/101/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 1/109/Packed Powder
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Season
Timberline Lodge 4/147/Machine Groomed
Marine: Seas have leveled off at 10 feet and winds are out of the WNW at 10-15 knots this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 1:00pm this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas has been issued for this afternoon through Wednesday morning. Today, winds backing from NW to W then to SW and rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by this afternoon, wave heights subsiding to 8 feet. Rough conditions tonight with an 11 foot swell and 4 foot wind waves along with a SW breeze of 20-25 knots gusting to 30. Even snottier tomorrow as the S wind rises to 25-30 knots gusting 35 and combined choppy seas top 13 feet. Outlook is for more stormy weather on Thursday as southerlies of 25 knots gusting 35 continue with a mixed lumpy swell of 9-10 feet and 6 foot wind waves. A break on Friday as the breeze drops to W 5-10 knots and seas hover around 10 feet. More fronts with SW winds 20-25 knots and seas in the teens are expected over the weekend.
On the Beach… Mixed sky, showers, becoming breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/22 Tue 01:04 PM -0.1 L
04/22 Tue 07:59 PM 6.78 H
04/23 Wed 01:36 AM 2.68 L
04/23 Wed 07:26 AM 6.97 H
In Short: Sun and showers, then rainy and windy.