Friday, Apr. 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yachats nailed a 66F reading for the highest temperature in our area yesterday as the anticipated sunshine came to fruition. Newport struggled up to only 55F for its high, with everyone else in between. Coupled with some northwest wind 10-15 mph from noon to sunset, the day felt sorta Summerish. Skies were mainly clear during the evening and overnight with lows dipping into the low-40s, though Newport was bringing up the rear again at just 37F. Scattered clouds began filtering in around sunrise and were slowly thickening; the wind was dead calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/45F
Depoe Bay: 57F/41F
Forecast: We’re going to be paying the piper for yesterday’s elegant weather as the clouds thicken and a storm approaches today. There’s an outside chance of a little rain this afternoon, highs around 55F, and south winds 5-15 mph gusting 20. The main front arrives tonight bringing rain, up to three-quarters of an inch, along with sou’westers 15-20 mph gusting 30. Showers remain likely tomorrow, at least in the morning, before the storm exits the area; high temps 50-55F and a westerly breeze 10-15 mph gusting 20. Outlook is for dry and partly to mostly sunny on Sunday, another storm is projected for Monday with rain likely, showers on Tuesday, and then what could be a decent period of mostly clear and dry weather starting on Wednesday. Seasonal mercury readings between 45F lows and 60F highs are expected.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, increasing clouds, with 50-60F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine early, then increasing clouds and a high of 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for cloudy skies developing, southwest winds gusting 25 mph, temps near 65F. For the Cascades, there is mainly bare pavement in the passes, temperatures are 30-35F; a slight chance of rain and snow showers by afternoon, the snow level is at 5,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is wet pavement tonight and tomorrow, dry roads Sunday and Sunday night. A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Cascade highway passes for 3-6 inches of snow tonight and another 2-5 inches possible tomorrow; the snow level drops to 3,500 to 4,500 feet. Carry chains or traction tires. No snow is expected Sunday and Sunday night.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 42”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 1” in the past seven days; 80” 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”/48”/wide variety
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/30”/granular early, spring later
Timberline 0”/63”/no snow report
Marine: Winds are light westerly this morning 10 knots offshore, light easterly 5-10 knots nearshore with swells 6 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds and hazardous seas is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow morning. S winds rising to 15-25 knots gusting 30 this afternoon and choppy seas building to 8 feet. Tonight, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 with rough seas 9-10 feet at 9 seconds. Expect W winds tomorrow, 15-20 knots, and seas still lumpy 8-9 footers at 10 seconds. Outlook is for a breeze break on Sunday with nor’westers 10 knots but swells remaining up around 10 feet at 13 seconds. Another storm system barrels in Monday packing SW winds 20-25 knots and rough 9-10 foot seas. The wind backs to NW 15-20 knots Tuesday but swells continue hovering around 10 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Increasing clouds, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/10 Fri 11:18 AM 0.21 L
04/10 Fri 06:07 PM 6.02 H
04/10 Fri 11:07 PM 3.31 L
04/11 Sat 05:09 AM 7.43 H
In Short: Mostly cloudy, becoming rainy and windy, then showers, clearing and drying.