Saturday, Apr. 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday panned out rather nicely with a mix of mostly sunshine, a few clouds, a couple light showers and an afternoon breeze out of the northwest 10-15 mph. Scattered showers produced fairly light precipitation with the middle section of our area receiving the most wet stuff. The sky was partly to mostly cloudy overnight and lows dipped to the upper-30s. At daybreak, it was spitting a little rain and there were about equal portions of dark clouds and bright blue. The amount of daylight continues to grow as we hit an even 14 hours between sunrise and sunset today.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/40F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 57F/38F/0.02”
Forecast: There’s one more blip on the radar before the weather pattern changes significantly next week. Expect a few showers early today, then an organized low pressure system is bringing increasing steady rainfall this afternoon and tonight with southwest winds ramping up to 20-30 mph gusting 40. Precipitation sums could reach an inch before this storm finds the exit. High today in the low-50s, tonight’s low about 45F. Tomorrow, the rain turns to showers, high 55F and still a smidge breezy. Outlook for Monday is partly sunny, highs approaching 60F. Tuesday through Friday, mostly sunny days and clear nights with the mercury rising to daytime highs near 70F by mid-week, and overnight lows around 50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there are icy spots on the highways this morning with temps below freezing, but warming to 50F with showers turning to rain later today. Valley destinations are expecting showers, wind and temps of 55F. For the Cascades, dicey travel as highway passes are icy with stretches of packed snow this morning; the freezing level is at 3,000 feet with a chance for snow showers today. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range and Valley, showers turning to rain and wind later today and tonight, showers tomorrow. In the Cascades, the freezing level remains below the passes through the weekend with snow accumulations of 3-6 inches today and another 1-4 inches tomorrow and tomorrow night.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 129”, no change since yesterday, or 77% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 3/114/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 2/117/Spring
Timberline 1/164/Machine Groomed
Cascadia: Two earthquakes of note yesterday in the Cascadia Subduction Zone. One, a 4.8 magnitude shaker 135 miles west of Bandon, occurred at 2:18pm and was felt in a number of Southwest Oregon towns including North Bend. The second temblor struck in the area off Vancouver Island near Port Hardy where a large quake was recorded earlier this week. Thursday’s 4.0 shook that region at 6:19pm.
Marine: It’s the calm before the storm offshore this morning with meager SW winds of 5-10 knots and seas at 8 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. But, before you shove off, you should be aware of rapidly changing conditions headed our way. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect from 9:00am this morning through this afternoon, at which time it becomes a Gale Warning lasting into late evening. SW winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 today and 8 foot swells with 5 foot wind waves. Tonight, the SW wind builds to 25-30 knots gusting 40 with combined rough seas 10-12 feet. Tomorrow, W winds 20-25 knots, seas in the low teens. Outlook is for light winds on Monday, seas 10-12 feet. Tuesday through Thursday, a N to NE breeze 5-15 knots with swells of 5-8 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, rain, breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/26 Sat 11:00 AM 7.15 H
04/26 Sat 04:51 PM 0.76 L
04/26 Sat 11:12 PM 8.62 H
04/27 Sun 05:39 AM -0.35 L
In Short: Rainy and windy, showers, then clearing and warm.