Wednesday, Apr. 1st – Lincoln County
Summary: Our discombobulated weather unfolded about as expected yesterday with everything from sunshine to heavy showers, lightning and even a peppering of small hail. Of course, what you experienced was highly dependent upon where you were. The most robust local shower by far deluged Yachats with half an inch of rain, while Newport got some hail but not much overall precipitation. High temps were in the 50s, and variable winds stayed below 20 mph. The unsettled weather continued throughout the evening and overnight with some of the stronger shower cells producing lightning strikes off the Central Coast just after midnight. The mercury dipped to the low-40s. At daybreak, there was a mixed sky and mostly light winds.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/44F/0.14”
Depoe Bay: 53F/43F/0.16”
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for isolated thunderstorms, small hail and locally heavy rain possible again today. An unsettled weather pattern will once again bring the potential for a few heavy rain and small hail showers to develop across Northwest Oregon today. The cool and unstable environment may also allow some isolated thunderstorms to develop this afternoon and evening. Heavier showers yesterday produced localized issues with ponding of water on roadways as well as some localized accumulation of small hail. Similar issues will probably occur today but again they will be fairly localized to stronger showers.
While most locations will just experience occasional showers, drivers should be aware of the potential for rapidly changing conditions especially this afternoon. Ponding of water in heavier showers may cause fast moving vehicles to hydroplane. Small hail may briefly accumulate, making roadways locally slick.
Forecast: So, it appears our schizophrenic weather pattern will produce those notorious April showers for our May flowers. Like yesterday, the heaviest showers, thunderstorms, hail and sunshine will be geographically isolated today. High temps are predicted to top out in the low-50s. Tonight, we should be down to scattered showers and a low of 40F. Look for partly sunny skies and somewhat settled conditions tomorrow; light north winds and a high of 55F. Outlook is for regular old rain on Friday with gusty southwest winds, a 50-50 chance of showers Saturday, and then back to unsettled Sunday through Tuesday with showers and possible thunderstorms. The thermometer ranges from 40F lows to 55F highs throughout the period.
Travel: The use of drilling equipment will result in daytime lane restrictions on Highway 20 between Toledo and Eddyville (Mileposts 16.1-16.4) today and tomorrow from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Flaggers will control traffic with delays no longer than 20 minutes. In the Coast Range today, heavy showers, small hail, isolated thunderstorms, with 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers likely, possible thunderstorms and highs of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, west winds gusting 20 mph, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there’s ice, packed snow and slush on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are hovering around 30F; widespread snow showers today with 3-6 inches accumulation, the snow level is 2,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 38”; a gain of 10” since yesterday; an overall gain of 6” in the past seven days; 99” less than this date last year; 91% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass closed for season
Mt. Bachelor 2”/43”/fresh powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl summer activities only
Mt. Hood Meadows 8”/33”/packed powder
Timberline 8”/57”/fresh snow, Pucci and Magic Mile on standby
Marine: Winds are variable around 10 knots with seas 8-9 feet at 13-14 seconds this morning. The old adage used to describe boating as ‘hours of boredom punctuated by seconds of sheer terror’ may apply today as relative calm conditions change suddenly at times with thunderstorms, heavy showers and bursts of 25 knot winds. Otherwise, NW winds mainly 10-15 knots and swells around 8 feet through tonight. Tomorrow, a light N wind 5-10 knots backing to NW in the afternoon with swells down to 7 feet. Outlook is for a sou’wester 10-15 knots gusting 20 on Friday, swells holding at 7 feet. Saturday and Sunday, SW to W winds 10-15 knots and seas building to 10-11 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Heavy showers, sunbreaks, breezy at times, surf 8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/01 Wed 11:23 AM 7.18 H
04/01 Wed 05:37 PM 0.86 L
04/01 Wed 11:59 PM 7.41 H
04/02 Thu 05:59 AM 1.41 L
In Short: Heavy showers, hail, bursts of wind, partial clearing, then unsettled.