Summary: Showers early, mixed skies yesterday, mostly cloudy overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 61F/44F/14mph/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 60F/40F/14mph/0.02”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,900’, broken @ 2,500’, overcast @ 3,200’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 3 mph/Altimeter: 30.06”
Forecast: If you can just hang on for a couple more days, a general trend toward sunny and warmer weather is headed our way. Thickening clouds today, rain developing by late afternoon or early evening, light winds and a high of 55F. Rain tonight, up to three-quarters of an inch, gusty southerlies, and lows of 45-50F. Tomorrow, rain in the morning turning to showers for the rest of the day, winds veering to north 20-25 mph and the mercury peaking at 50-55F. Outlook is for spotty showers and sunbreaks Wednesday, then mainly sunny days and mostly clear nights for an extended period, possibly lasting into Memorial Day weekend. Temperatures rising to late-Spring highs of 60-65F and lows of 45-50F
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are dry, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings near 45F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 45-50F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, 30-35F, the snow level is 4,000 feet; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 8:00pm tonight through 9:00pm tomorrow night for 5-10 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 variable 5 knots this morning with seas 4-5 feet at 9 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow evening. Winds turning southerly this morning ahead of the next system which will bring gusts as high as 30 knots; strongest winds will be north of Cascade Head. Seas will be fairly steep, but not expecting them to go square. Behind this front the breeze turns westerly with more advisory-level winds appearing likely on Tuesday, and not backing off until Wednesday morning. A fetch develops from a large area of northwesterly winds bringing seas up to near 10 feet Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Then, ridging sets up over the Eastern Pacific bringing back Summer-like northerly winds and relatively benign conditions with seas falling through the end of the 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… Cloudy early, rain later, 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.
05/15 Mon 9:59 AM -0.21 L
05/15 Mon 4:50 PM 6.41 H
05/15 Mon 9:58 PM 3.51 L
05/16 Tue 3:47 AM 7.17 H
In Short: Rain developing, windy, showers, then sunny and warmer.