Friday, Apr. 3rd – Lincoln County
Summary: A handful of light lingering showers produced just over trace amounts of precipitation yesterday before the Sun grabbed the scepter and ruled for the rest of the day. High temperatures made it into the upper-50s and variable winds topped out around 15 mph. Spring Breakers from Washington, Idaho, Utah, Montana and Nevada were heard exclaiming, “I had no idea the weather was so good on the Oregon Coast this time of year.” They enjoyed a vivid sunset, too, and skies remained mostly clear overnight with a bulging, nearly-full Moon smiling down. At daybreak, ominous clouds were gathering off to the west and the wind was light out of the southeast.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/43F/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 54F/39F/0.01”
Waldport: 56F/38F/<0.01” Yachats: 57F/41F/0.01” [caption id="attachment_133136" align="aligncenter" width="975"] Click ad for details[/caption]
Forecast: It looks like the dry channel we’ve been in the past 24 hours will be filling with liquid sunshine today. A steady rain is expected to develop with a quarter to half an inch of precipitation dripping into the gauges. The mercury rises to around 55F and southwest winds should not exceed 10-15 mph. Tonight, we’re back to showers and lows about 40F. Partly sunny skies return tomorrow with light winds and a high of 55F. Outlook is for showers and thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday, a chance of showers Tuesday, then clearing and drying Wednesday and Thursday. Temps climb a smidge as highs head for 55-60F and lows dip to 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog, rain developing, with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting patchy fog, rain and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain by afternoon, light west winds, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 20-25F; snow showers this afternoon, 1-3 inches accumulation possible, the snow level is 3,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is showers and clearing periods with mixed wet/dry pavement. In the Cascades, another 1-3 inches of snow is predicted for the passes tonight, then on and off snow showers through Sunday night with the snow level remaining around 3,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 42”; a gain of 4” since yesterday; an overall gain of 11” in the past seven days; 95” less than this date last year; 90% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Mt. Bachelor 0”/42”/packed powder
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/31”/power-tilled mix
Timberline 0”/60”/winter has returned
Marine: Seas are down to 5 feet at 10 seconds this morning and the breeze is shifting southerly 10-15 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 11:00am this morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from this evening through tomorrow afternoon. S winds rising to 10-20 knots gusting 25 this morning, then veering to W 10-15 knots this afternoon; seas building to 7 feet with 4 foot windwaves. Tonight, WSW winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 along with swells 9 feet at 13 seconds. For tomorrow, it’s back to S winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 and swells up to 10 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 5-15 knots Sunday and Monday with seas subsiding to 6-7 feet. Northerlies are expected Tuesday at 10-15 knots and swells dropping to 4-5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, patchy fog, breezy, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/03 Fri 06:34 AM 0.99 L
04/03 Fri 12:43 PM 7.32 H
04/03 Fri 06:40 PM 1.13 L
04/04 Sat 12:53 AM 7.88 H
In Short: Rain, moderate winds, showers, then partial clearing.