Saturday, Apr. 4th – Lincoln County
Summary: It didn’t rain very long yesterday, but what fell was heavy. Local gauges picked up from a third to a half inch of precipitation mainly between 10:00am and 2:00pm. The clouds and rain were sandwiched between mostly sunny skies, high temperatures reached the mid-50s and southwest winds blew 10-15 mph. Mixed conditions lasted through the evening and overnight. At 5:00am, the Full Pink Moon was eclipsed for about five minutes; if you blinked, you missed it. This morning, Jack Frost dropped by to paint local roofs and windshields, there was patchy fog and lots of blue above with the wind light easterly.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/42F/0.34”
Depoe Bay: 52F/38F/0.31”
Forecast: Conditions should be favorable for the myriad Easter egg hunts taking place today in Central Coast communities. While there is a chance of showers, it should also be partly to mostly sunny with light winds and a high of 55F. Tonight, the Bunny may need a raincoat as we get back to a 50-50 chance of showers and lows of 40F. Showers and possible thunderstorms are in the basket for tomorrow along with light southerly winds and temps around 50-55F. Outlook is for showers likely Monday and Tuesday, sunshine Wednesday and Thursday, and at least partly sunny on Friday. The mercury is expected to range between 45F and 55F all week.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, patchy fog with spots of ice possible early, partly sunny later with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and a high of 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny skies, light west winds, temps near 55F. For the Cascades, there is black ice on the highway passes this morning, temperatures are 25-30F; partly cloudy, slight chance of snow showers, the snow level is 2,500 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 tomorrow, then snow showers Sunday night with the snow level remaining 2,500-3,000 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 42”; a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 17” in the past seven days; 91” less than this date last year; 89% 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”/43”/packed powder
Mt. Hood Meadows 1”/31”/packed powder and hardpack
Timberline 2”/60”/above the clouds
Marine: Though winds are light SW 5-10 knots this morning, swells are running 10-12 feet at 13-14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this afternoon. Seas are expected to hang on in the 10 foot range most of the day with SW winds 5-10 knots early, rising to 10-15 knots gusting 20 this afternoon. Tonight, the breeze eases to S 5-10 knots and swells relax to 8 feet or so. Some Chinook salmon fishing may be feasible tomorrow as seas are projected to fall to 7 feet and southerly winds top out at 10-15 knots. Outlook is for southerlies gusting 20 knots on Monday, then northerlies 10-20 knots Tuesday and Wednesday with swells 6-7 feet through midweek. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, sunshine and showers, surf 8-9 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/04 Sat 07:07 AM 0.63 L
04/04 Sat 01:21 PM 7.28 H
04/04 Sat 07:10 PM 1.37 L
04/05 Sun 01:20 AM 8.03 H
In Short: Mixed sky, showers, then continued unsettled.