Sunday, Apr. 27th – Lincoln County
Summary: The latest storm sort of moseyed on in yesterday, but when it finally arrived it had plenty of muscle. The highest winds were recorded well before the rain showed up. Southwest winds began blowing steadily at 20-25 mph around 11:00am. The strongest gusts in the area were 58 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge and 63 mph at Mary’s Peak. Of our regular community reporting stations, Yachats had the highest blast at 48 mph. Rainfall got going in earnest about 6:00pm and produced accumulations of a quarter to a third of an inch. Steady rain turned to showers overnight with low temps in the low-40s. At dawn, we saw broken overcast, showers (a couple with small hail) and comparatively light winds.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust…
Lincoln City: 55F/41F/0.31”/30mph
Depoe Bay: 55F/42F/0.28”/39mph
Forecast: Though at times today it may not seem so, we’re on the mend; the weather is slowly but surely entering a dry and warmer phase. There are still some good-sized hit-or-miss showers around today, but also sunbreaks and a high of 55F for those headed to the Earth Day celebration at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Tonight, there’s a 50-50 chance of showers and the mercury drops to the low-40s. The last of any lingering showers should pass through tomorrow, high 55F. Then, it’s off to the races with mostly sunny skies and temperatures perhaps approaching record highs – Tuesday, 65-70F; Wednesday, 75F; Thursday, 70F. Cooling to 60F for Friday and the weekend with a slight chance of showers making a comeback.
Travel: In the Coast Range, showers today with temps warming to 50F or so. Valley destinations are expecting showers and a high of 55F. For the Cascades, hazardous travel with highway passes covered in packed snow and ice this morning; the freezing level is at 3,000 feet with 2-5 inches of snow forecast today. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range and Valley, showers today and tonight. In the Cascades, the freezing level remains below the passes through tonight and additional snow showers are possible.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 129”, no change since yesterday, or 79% of normal.
Ski Report – New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition…
Mt Bachelor 6/116/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 3/119/Powder
Marine: WSW winds are still up around 15-20 knots this morning with seas 10 feet and choppy. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 22 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 22 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until tomorrow afternoon. W winds around 15 knots are expected today with a 10 foot swell and 4 foot wind waves. Tonight, SW winds 5-10 knots, seas 11-12 feet. Tomorrow, a SSE breeze 10-15 knots gusting 20 and wave heights remaining about 10 feet. Outlook is for offshore flow and NE winds Tuesday and Wednesday 10-15 knots with a W swell of 7-8 feet. Thursday, the wind veers to the S 10-15 knots and seas fall to 5 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, 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.
04/27 Sun 11:56 AM 7.30 H
04/27 Sun 05:37 PM 1.07 L
04/27 Sun 11:51 PM 8.90 H
04/28 Mon 06:25 AM -0.88 L
In Short: Showers, windy, then clearing and warm.