Summary: Rain early yesterday, showers in the afternoon, evening and overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/46F/26mph/0.91”
Depoe Bay: 54F/43F/24mph/0.99”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,900’, broken @ 3,500’, overcast @ 4,300’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: S 8 mph G16/Altimeter: 30.03”
Forecast: Our weather conversation for today and tonight is expected to include a number of punctuation marks — quick, heavy showers, possible thunderstorms, small hail, and wind gusts to 30 mph. Otherwise, mostly cloudy skies, highs in the low-50s and a low of 45F. Tomorrow, showers continue, lighter winds and a high of 50-55F. Outlook is for showers Sunday through Wednesday, partly sunny and perhaps dry on Thursday. The mercury stays below seasonal norms all week.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temp 40F. Willamette Valley roads are mixed wet/dry, thermometer readings near 45F. The Columbia River Gorge has bare pavement, temperature 45F. For the Cascades, highways have slush, snow pack and spots of ice this morning, 30F, the snow level is 4,000 feet with 1-3 inches of snow possible in the passes today, carry chains or tractions tires.
* Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly wet pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range, snow in the Cascades down to pass level with accumulations on the highways nights and mornings.
Marine: Winds are WSW 10-15 knots gusting 20 this morning with choppy seas 8 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until 11:00am this morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. Confidence has increased for a break in the small craft strength winds during the afternoon and continuing through the first half of Saturday. At that time is when a weak front will move through the area and strengthen winds. This may require a small craft advisory for the northern waters starting Saturday night. However, it is possible that small craft seas may miss our waters entirely given the latest projections. Beyond today, seas will likely remain below 10 feet into 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 6-7’ feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/12 Fri 8:08 AM -0.69 L
05/12 Fri 2:44 PM 6.85 H
05/12 Fri 8:01 PM 2.70 L
05/13 Sat 2:02 AM 8.03 H
In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, then wet, cool and unsettled.