WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: For the Birds

Saturday, May 13th – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers and breezy yesterday, through the evening and overnight.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/45F/28mph/0.77”
Depoe Bay: 51F/44F/26mph/0.82”
Newport: 52F/43F/32mph/0.58”
Waldport: 51F/45F/28mph/0.44”
Yachats: 52F/47F/29mph/0.50”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 2,500’, broken @ 4,200’, overcast @ 5,500’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 6 mph/Altimeter: 30.04”

Forecast: Even if we humans are struggling with this cool and wet Spring, migratory birds are heading north anyway, many stopping briefly here along the Central Coast. You can learn more about our transitory feathered friends during International Migratory Bird Day being celebrated throughout our area today. Special events are planned at Beaver Creek, Hatfield Marine Science Center and Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (fee-free today, by the way). There’ll be some damp feathers, however, as showers continue through tomorrow, high in the low-50s, low around 45F, and moderate west winds. Outlook is for the next system to arrive on Monday with up to a quarter inch of rain, showers/rain Tuesday through Thursday, but some sunbreaks should be in the mix, too, and then Friday looks dry with partly to mostly sunny skies. The thermometer is expected to stay below seasonal norms for most of the week.

wxon-twitterBe 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, temps 40-45F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, 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, 30-32F, the snow level is 3,500 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 below pass level with accumulations of 2-4 inches possible on the highways nights and mornings.

* 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 W 10-15 knots this morning with choppy seas 10 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect until 11:00am this morning. West winds have weakened and will remain there until tonight when they’ll strengthen again ahead of the next weak low moving towards the area. A small craft advisory may be needed by tomorrow night, but winds will be marginal. A better chance for small craft winds will arrive on Monday as a stronger front approaches the area. After models were consistently overdoing seas for the past few days, they’ve finally come up to 10 feet. Once seas fall below 10 feet by late this morning, they should remain there well 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, light breeze, surf 6-10’ feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
05/13 Sat 8:43 AM -0.62 L
05/13 Sat 3:24 PM 6.74 H
05/13 Sat 8:37 PM 3.00 L
05/14 Sun 2:34 AM 7.81 H

In Short: Showers, moderate winds, then wet, cool and unsettled.

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