Saturday, Apr. 25th – Lincoln County
Summary: From the depth of water in the rain gauges yesterday, we should be bloomin’ with May flowers. April showers generated about a third of an inch, dispersed about evenly along the Central Coast, which was surprising given the spotty nature of the heaviest rain. Sunny periods were in the mix, too, with high temps hitting the mid-50s and southwest winds blowing 10-15 mph gusting into the 20s. The evening and overnight were mostly cloudy and the showers continued; lows slumped to the mid-40s. At dawn, some of the last showers on the radar were traipsing through, skies began clearing and it was calm.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/45F/0.30”
Depoe Bay: 53F/42F/0.36”
Forecast: Nascent May flowers may get another drink tomorrow, and then the heat they’ve been waiting for arrives on Monday. Today is shaping up to be a nice one after the showers clear out, with skies becoming mostly sunny and the high headed for 55F. Winds should be light. Increasing clouds are expected tonight, lows around 45F. Tomorrow, look for a blah day with some cloudiness and a slight chance of showers, high again 55F or so. Outlook is for a spike in both sunshine and the thermometer on Monday as a blast of warm air pushes highs up to 65-70F. It’ll have a short lifespan, however, as we return to mostly cloudy and April showery for the rest of the week with seasonal temps throughout the period.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers and possible thunderstorms with 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, a chance of thunderstorms and highs of 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, possible thunderstorms, west wind gusting 20 mph, temps near 60F. For the Cascades, there is ice and slushy snow on the passes this morning, temperatures are around 30F; a Special Weather Statement is in effect for the Cascades for snow accumulations of up to 2 inches today, the snow level is at 3,500 feet, well below the passes. Carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers at the lower elevations is a mix of wet and dry pavement; isolated rain and snow showers for the Cascades with the snow level about 5,000 feet, rising to 6,500 feet by tomorrow evening.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 47”; a gain of 5” since yesterday; no overall change in the past seven days; 82” less than this date last year; 88% below the 30-year average Snow Water Equivalent (total amount of moisture in the snow pack).
Marine: Winds are light, 5-10 knots, out of the N this morning with seas 8-9 feet at 12 seconds. The breeze backs to NW 5-10 knots today and seas subside to 7 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, NW winds 5-10 knots gusting 15, veering E after midnight, swells around 5 feet. A southerly tomorrow, 10-15 knots, as a warm front approaches, but swells remain low at 4 feet. Outlook is for the brunt of the front to come through Sunday night with SE winds rising to 10-15 knots gusting 20 along with choppy 5 foot seas. Winds return to NW 5-15 knots Tuesday and Wednesday but a 10 foot swell train is projected to affect local waters. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 6-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/25 Sat 12:36 PM 0.43 L
04/25 Sat 07:38 PM 6.36 H
04/26 Sun 01:10 AM 3.18 L
04/26 Sun 06:48 AM 6.26 H
In Short: Clearing, light winds, chance of showers, then dry and warm.