Summary: Mostly sunny yesterday, cloudy evening, rain developing overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/53F/29mph/0.55”
Depoe Bay: 59F/47F/30mph/0.49”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 600’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: SW 9 mph/Altimeter: 29.93”
Forecast: After a three-day Spring weather break, we’re back in familiar territory for a while with wet, cool and sometimes windy conditions expected. Rain turning to showers today, thunderstorms possible, sou’westers gusting 30 mph and a high of 55F. Showers continue tonight and tomorrow, total rainfall an inch or better, thunderstorms may be in the mix, gusty southerlies, a low of 45F and highs in the low-50s. Outlook is for showers and occasionally breezy Saturday through Tuesday, then a chance of showers and partly sunny Wednesday. The thermometer is projected to be a few degrees below normal throughout the extended period.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temp 50F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 50F. The Columbia River Gorge has bare pavement, temperature 55F. For the Cascades, highways are dry this morning, 40-45F, the snow level is 7,500 feet, dropping to 4,500 feet tonight with 1-3 inches of snow possible in the passes, carry chains or tractions tires. * 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 SW 10-15 knots this morning with choppy seas 7-8 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from noon today through this evening. After a break this morning, wind speeds will increase again this afternoon as a surface low drifts closer to the shoreline. Solid small craft winds can be expected by tonight ahead of this surface low. Beyond tonight, continued borderline small craft conditions can be expected as the upper trough remains over the Pacific Northwest. Will need to keep an eye on seas Friday and Saturday as latest guidance now has seas over 10 feet for at least a portion of the period. The best chance for these higher seas will be in Central Coast waters. * 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 6-8’ feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/11 Thu 7:34 AM -0.63 L
05/11 Thu 2:06 PM 6.91 H
05/11 Thu 7:27 PM 2.40 L
05/12 Fri 1:31 AM 8.17 H
In Short: Rain, showers, windy, then continued wet, cool and unsettled.