Summary: Foggy, mostly cloudy, big thunderstorms yesterday, rain overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/52F/21mph/0.39”
Depoe Bay: 57F/50F/26mph/0.40”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 800’, overcast @ 1,500’
Visibility: 3 miles/Wind: WNW 10 mph/Altimeter: 29.99”
Forecast: After a surprise round of powerful thunderstorms rocked the area yesterday, we’re down to plain ol’ showers early on this Cinco de Mayo, fading by this afternoon. The thermometer is expected to max-out in the low-50s and west winds gust to 20-25 mph. A chance of showers continues tonight and tomorrow, low 45F, high 55F. Outlook is for us to finally reach light at the end of the tunnel beginning Sunday with mostly clear skies lasting through Tuesday, then back to overcast Wednesday and a chance of showers Thursday. The mercury is projected to remain in the seasonal range over the next week – highs in the upper-50s and lows in the upper-40s.
Be sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep current on the latest conditions. You’ll get updated travel info and notification of any new advisories, watches or warnings. Follow @chrisburnswx.
Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temp 50F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperature 55F. For the Cascades, highways are wet this morning, 40-45F, the snow level is 7,000 feet, lowering to 5,000 feet this afternoon, snow showers with an inch accumulation possible down to pass level today. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Winds are WNW 15-20 knots this morning with seas 7 feet at 12 seconds. A cold front continues to push across local waters and onshore this morning. Winds will turn westerly behind the front, gusting to around 20 knots. Could see some isolated gusts as high as 25 knots. This weekend, high pressure builds back over the region. This will bring a return of north to northwesterly winds, generally around 15 knots. However, a few rounds of gusty winds, increasing to 25 knots, will be possible at times. Seas look to remain below advisory criteria, generally in the 6-8 foot range, through the first half of next week. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 5-7’ feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/05 Fri 9:06 AM 6.49 H
05/05 Fri 3:24 PM 0.77 L
05/05 Fri 10:05 PM 7.51 H
05/06 Sat 4:16 AM 1.64 L
In Short: Showers fading, drying and clearing, then cool and unsettled.