Tuesday, Apr. 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: We had a full day with the entire mix of predicted conditions tossed in. Sunshine got the ball rolling yesterday, but clouds slowly filled in through the morning hours and it started raining around 2:00pm. Precipitation totals were a quarter of an inch or less, with Depoe Bay receiving slightly more. Northeast winds blew 10-15 mph and the mercury rose into the 50s. The rainfall was fairly steady until late evening, followed by a calm and cloudy break, with another shot of wet stuff early this morning. Temps dipped to the low-40s. At dawn, it was mostly cloudy with patchy fog and a light easterly breeze.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/44F/0.17”
Depoe Bay: 52F/42F/0.26”
Forecast: The mood-swinging weather pattern continues today with alternating periods of showers, clouds, sunshine, variable winds and the thermometer reaching 50-55F. We should be lifted by an increasingly stable mindset tonight and tomorrow as the chance of showers drops to slight and more clearing is anticipated. Outlook is for a cheery and mostly sunny Thursday, highs 55-60F. Another attitude adjustment will be necessary sometime Friday as a depression arrives, triggering clouds and a chance of rain. Then steady rain is likely Friday night, followed by showers on Saturday, a chance of showers Sunday, and a slight chance of rain Monday. It could be breezy at times, too, but mainly northwest, not southwest, winds are expected. Temperatures should remain seasonal with lows of 40-45F and highs of 50-55F.
Travel: The use of drilling equipment will result in 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, rain likely, with 45-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, steadier rain from Salem south, and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light north winds, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow at Willamette Pass, spots of ice on Santiam Pass and bare pavement with snow flurries at Government Camp, temperatures are about 30F; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through 3:00am tomorrow morning for snow on the highway passes with accumulations of 4-9 inches total, the snow level is 4,000-4,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 42”; a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall gain of 14” in the past seven days; 87” less than this date last year; 88% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Mt. Bachelor 3”/47”/fresh powder
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/hardpack and granular
Timberline 0”/63”/the hill looks amazing
Marine: Seas are 5-6 feet at 8 seconds this morning with NE winds 10-15 knots. The breeze backs to E 5-10 knots gusting 15 today along with seas 4 feet at 10 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, NW winds 10 knots gusting 15 and swells 4 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for light easterlies 5-10 knots and 3 foot swells on Thursday, SW winds rising to 15-20 knots Friday, swells 8 feet, and W winds 15-20 Saturday with swells building to 13 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Chance of showers, sunbreaks, light breeze, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/07 Tue 08:55 AM 0.07 L
04/07 Tue 03:21 PM 6.74 H
04/07 Tue 08:45 PM 2.37 L
04/08 Wed 02:51 AM 8.06 H
In Short: Chance of showers, clearing and drying, then rain again.