Monday, Apr. 13th – Lincoln County
Summary: No surprises yesterday as mostly sunny skies prevailed and high temperatures rose to the mid-50s. It was a tad chilly as northwest winds blew 10-15 mph in the afternoon hours, but no precipitation was recorded. Starshine reined overnight with a slice of waning crescent Moon rising just before the clouds from an impending weather system arrived around 3:00am. The thermometer dipped into the 40s. At daybreak, it was completely overcast with a light southeast wind.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 59F/46F
Depoe Bay: 54F/41F
Forecast: Another storm is on tap before we break into an extended dry period. Expect rain today, up to half an inch, with southwest winds 20-25 mph gusting 30 or better and high temps about 55F. The steady rain turns to showers tonight with thunderstorms also feasible, northwest winds around 20 mph and lows of 40-45F. Showers may linger through tomorrow morning followed by partly sunny skies later in the day; cooler as the mercury tops out at 50F. Outlook is for sunny days, partly cloudy nights, northwest winds, highs of 60F and lows of 45F for the rest of the workweek and on through the weekend.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain developing, with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting rain by noon and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light east wind, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there is bare pavement on the highway passes, temperatures are 35-40F; rain this afternoon, the snow level is 6,000 feet. A Winter Weather Advisory for the Cascades goes into effect this evening when the snow level drops to 3,000 feet with 3-6 inches of snow accumulation in the passes, and an additional 2-4 inches tomorrow. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 46”; a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall gain of 2” in the past seven days; 65” 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 0”/45”/firm packed
Mt. Hood Meadows 1”/34”/closed until Friday
Timberline 0”/66”/no snow report
Marine: Sea are still fairly high this morning, 9-10 feet at 13-14 seconds, with winds from the SW 10-15 knots. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect through tomorrow afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect now through this evening. S winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 early today then becoming W 20-25 knots this afternoon with 10 foot swells at 13 seconds and 5 foot windwaves. Tonight, expect NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 25, lumpy seas 11 feet at 12 seconds and a chance of thunderstorms. Mellower winds are predicted for tomorrow as the breeze falls to W 10 knots, maybe a few gusts to 15 in the morning, but the swell stays up around 10 feet. Outlook is for a Summer-like pattern of N to NW winds 10-15 knots Wednesday through Friday, though swells of 10-13 feet are projected to continue. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rainy and windy, surf 10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/13 Mon 07:38 AM 7.13 H
04/13 Mon 02:30 PM 0.19 L
04/13 Mon 09:17 PM 6.88 H
04/14 Tue 02:58 AM 2.40 L
In Short: Stormy, showers, then drying and clearing.