Wednesday, Apr. 8th – Lincoln County
Summary: Some very light showers and a bit of drizzle sprinkled the area yesterday, but precipitation totals were barely measureable. Southerly winds struggled to spin the anemometer cups with gusts around 10 mph and the thermometer climbed into the low- to mid-50s. Skies alternated between overcast and scattered clouds through sunset and overnight. Low temps dipped into the 40s. This morning, a few showers were visible on radar (one shower rolled through Newport and Depoe Bay), and mostly cloudy skies prevailed with a light south wind. By the way, we’re up to a little over 13 hours of daylight now, still gaining around 3 minutes a day.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/45F/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 52F/43F/0.02”
Forecast: The switch gets toggled back to clearing, drying and temps a tad warmer for the next couple of days. After the last of the showers moves through, look for at least partly sunny skies later today with a high of 55F and light winds. Partly cloudy conditions are expected tonight, lows around 40F. We’re still on track for a mostly sunny day tomorrow and the mercury climbs to 55-60F. Outlook is for the switch to get toggled to the wet position sometime Friday as a storm system comes in with rain projected to last well into Saturday; it might be breezy, too. A chance of showers then lingers from Sunday through Tuesday, so we’ll be looking for a switch repair person. Seasonal high temps of 50F and lows of 40-45F are likely.
Travel: The use of drilling equipment will result in lane restrictions on Highway 20 between Toledo and Eddyville (Mileposts 16.1-16.4) today from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Flaggers will control traffic with delays no longer than 20 minutes. In the Coast Range today, showers, with 50-60F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and a high of 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, southwest winds gusting 20 mph, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there is packed snow at Willamette and Santiam Passes, and bare pavement with snow flurries at Government Camp, temperatures are about 30F; rain and snow showers likely with an inch or so accumulation, the snow level is at 4,000 feet. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 43”; a gain of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 5” in the past seven days; 84” 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 2”/49”/packed powder
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/32”/hardpack and granular
Timberline 3”/63”/snow continues to fall
Cascadia: A magnitude 4.2 earthquake occurred 92 miles west of Bandon along the Blanco Fracture Zone yesterday at 7:55am. There were no reports of the temblor being felt ashore.
Marine: Winds are southerly 10 knots or so this morning with seas 5-6 feet at 9-10 seconds. Expect SW winds today 10 knots gusting 15 and swells 4 feet at 9 seconds. Light breezes tonight and tomorrow, mainly easterly, 5 knots, with seas 4 feet. Outlook is for a storm system to arrive on Friday afternoon generating S winds 15-20 knots with lumpy 4 foot seas. The brunt of the front comes into local waters Friday night packing SW winds 20-25 knots and mixed swells 4-7 feet at 9 seconds. W winds Saturday and Sunday, fading to 5-15 knots, but swells rising to 9-10 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Partly sunny, light breeze, surf 4 feet (low).
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04/08 Wed 09:36 AM 0.06 L
04/08 Wed 04:08 PM 6.45 H
04/08 Wed 09:23 PM 2.73 L
04/09 Thu 03:28 AM 7.91 H
In Short: Showers ending, clearing, drying, light wind, then rainy and windy.