Summary: Mostly cloudy yesterday through afternoon, rainy evening and overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/49F/30mph/0.92”
Depoe Bay: 57F/43F/24mph/0.93”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 300’, broken @ 700’, overcast @ 1,400’
Visibility: 2 miles/Wind: W 10 mph/Altimeter: 29.79”
Forecast: The countdown continues with two more days of precipitation before we finally reach an extended period of dry, clear and warmer weather. Today, showers producing up to another quarter inch of the wet stuff, sunbreaks, northwest winds gusting 25-30 mph and a high in the low-50s. A diminishing chance of showers tonight, low 45F. Tomorrow, the last of the rain is expected in the morning followed by partly sunny skies and the thermometer heads for 55-60F. Outlook is for sunny days, clear nights, afternoon/evening seas breezes and warmer temperatures Thursday through Monday. Long-range projections show high pressure holding over the Central Coast through Memorial Day weekend with dry conditions and seasonal, or above, temps.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 45-50F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings near 50F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperature 50F. For the Cascades, highways have slush and snowpack this morning, 30-35F, the snow level is 5,000 feet, but dropping to 3,500 feet this afternoon; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 9:00pm tonight for 5-12 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 WNW 10-15 knots this morning with square seas 7 feet at 7 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for winds and hazardous seas are in effect through this evening. West to northwest winds gusting to 25 knots are expected through this evening. A ridge of high pressure briefly builds over local waters Wednesday, then a weak front clips the area as it passes to the north, turning winds southerly but remaining benign Thursday before a larger, more persistent ridge builds in on Friday, turning winds northerly, with a Summer-like ridging pattern continuing into the weekend. Seas are a mix of small long period swells and short period windwaves. Buoys are occasionally reporting between 7 feet at 7 seconds or 14 seconds. Swells are expected to reach 10-12 feet off Northern Oregon and South Washington today, but should remain below 10 feet farther south. * 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 4-6’ feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/16 Tue 10:42 AM 0.07 L
05/16 Tue 5:39 PM 6.29 H
05/16 Tue 10:50 PM 3.66 L
05/17 Wed 4:33 AM 6.77 H
In Short: Showers, windy, then dry, clearing and warmer.