Summary: Sunny, patchy fog, breezy yesterday; fog, clouds, drizzle overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 64F/53F/21mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 61F/51F/20mph/0.01”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 500’
Visibility: 2 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.12”
Forecast: Plan to wear your flip-flops if you’re headed to the Valley as Portland, Salem and Eugene are expected to experience the hottest Memorial Day Weekend since 1972. Meanwhile, predictions for the Central Coast have flip-flopped on both the amount of sunshine and the high temperatures. A thick marine layer producing some drizzle is on tap this morning, becoming mostly sunny later today, high of 60F. Cloudy and drizzly tonight, low near 50F. Mostly cloudy tomorrow morning but slowly becoming sunny by afternoon, high 60F. Outlook for Memorial Day is for mostly cloudy skies and even cooler, high 50-55F, then mixed skies, a chance of showers and cool through Friday.
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Travel: Expect heavier than normal traffic along the Central Coast through Monday evening; allow extra time for travel. In the Coast Range this morning, highways are bare, temp 50F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, thermometer readings 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperature 60F. For the Cascades, highways are dry this morning, 45-50F, the free air freezing level is 11,000 feet.
* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is bare pavement at all elevations including the Coast Range and Cascades through Monday night; the free air freezing level remains well above the passes at 12,000-13,000 feet tonight and tomorrow, but drops to 8,000 feet on Monday.
Marine: Winds are variable 5-10 knots this morning with seas 6 feet at 9 seconds. Winds will continue below 20 knots through at least the middle of next week. Northerly winds continue over most of the waters through the weekend. However nearshore winds will switch back to out of the south again tonight, accompanied by low clouds and/or fog. Seas have settled into the 6-7 foot range and will drop to around 5 feet through most of next week. With the swell period increasing, projections don’t show any particularly steep or choppy seas. * 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, sunny later, light breeze, surf 5-6’ feet (moderate).
* SPECIAL NOTE: For those planning to visit the Oregon Coast this holiday weekend, keep in mind that the ocean can be extremely dangerous. Sneaker waves, rip currents and the very cold water can be deadly. Climbing on beach cliffs, jetties and rocky headlands can also be hazardous. Know before you go -– the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
05/27 Sat 8:17 AM -2.54 L
05/27 Sat 3:00 PM 7.77 H
05/27 Sat 8:16 PM 2.16 L
05/28 Sun 2:22 AM 9.43 H
In Short: Night/morning low clouds, fog and drizzle, then mixed skies and cool.