Summary: Mixed sky early, sunny afternoon yesterday, partly cloudy, cool overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/42F/22mph/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 56F/38F/23mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.32”
Forecast: The general trend is toward drying, clearing and warmer temperatures for the week ahead. However, there’s a fly in the ointment. Today starts off sunny, then increasing clouds and becoming breezy by this afternoon, the mercury rises to 55-60F. The fly buzzes in tonight bringing rain, a quarter inch or more, and lows dip to 45F. Tomorrow, there’s a chance of showers in the morning, but the swatter comes out and we can expect mostly sunny skies by afternoon, high around 55F. Outlook is for a slight chance of showers Monday, then partly to mostly clear Tuesday through Friday. The thermometer should be up around seasonal with highs 55-65F and lows 45-50F for most of the workweek.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways have possible icy spots, temps 30-35F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge has bare pavement, temperature 40F. For the Cascades, highways are mainly dry with spots of ice this morning, 25-35F, the free air freezing level is at 6,000 feet rising to 8,000 feet this afternoon.
* Outlook for weekend travelers is wet pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range tonight through Sunday night; in the Cascades, wet highways tonight, then the snow level drops below the passes to 4,000 feet tomorrow and tomorrow night with snow showers, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Winds are NNE 5-10 knots this morning with seas 4 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from 2:00pm this afternoon through late tonight. We will see a front move across local waters this afternoon, bringing southerly winds ahead of the frontal passage. High pressure builds back in behind the front for benign conditions through early next week. Seas generally around 5-7 feet today through Sunday morning will build to 8-10 feet by Sunday afternoon as a long area of 20-30 knot winds from a low-pressure system moving into British Columbia generates a fresh swell. High pressure over local waters will help bring seas back down early next week. Fairly benign conditions continue through midweek as ridging dominates the eastern Pacific. Less confidence in the outlook for later in the week as models diverge on the forecast. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
Notices to Mariners… Yaquina River Light 37 has been relighted. The 2017 US Coast Guard Special Local Notice to Mariners has been approved and posted on the Coast Guard Navigation Center website. This is an annual publication containing important information for mariners in the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, including seacoast waterways from the California/Oregon border to the United States/Canadian border and all federally navigable waterways in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. For additional information or to download this publication, click here.
On the Beach… Partly sunny, breezy, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/29 Sat 9:21 AM -1.80 L
04/29 Sat 4:01 PM 7.61 H
04/29 Sat 9:22 PM 2.24 L
04/30 Sun 3:30 AM 9.00 H
In Short: Increasing clouds, rainy and windy, then fair skies, dry and warmer.