Summary: Cloudy, foggy, drizzly yesterday; overcast, drizzle overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/54F/11mph/0.03”
Depoe Bay: 60F/51F/9mph/0.03”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 1,100’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.17”
Forecast: Earlier predictions of a sunny Memorial Day weekend for the Central Coast were greatly exaggerated. We’ve apparently lost out to a heavier than expected marine push, so the best we can hope for now is some partial clearing today and tomorrow, and complete overcast tonight. The mercury is expected to peak in the upper-50s during the afternoons and slump to 50F overnight. Outlook is for mostly cloudy with a chance of showers Tuesday through Thursday, then partly to mostly sunny skies Friday and Saturday. The thermometer is projected to remain below seasonal norms as highs reach 55-60F and lows dip into the upper-40s.
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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 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperature 60F. For the Cascades, highways are dry this morning, 45-55F, the free air freezing level is 12,000 feet.
* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is mainly bare pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range through tomorrow night; a chance of showers or thunderstorms in the Cascades tomorrow and tomorrow night, the snow level remaining above the passes at 8,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are variable 5-10 knots this morning with seas 4-5 feet at 11 seconds. Winds will continue below 20 knots through at least the middle of next week and likely longer. Northerly winds continue over most of the area through the weekend. Seas have dropped to around 5 feet and will remain in the 4-5 feet range through the middle of 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… Drizzle, partial clearing, light breeze, surf 3-4’ feet (low).
* 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.
05/28 Sun 9:06 AM -2.36 L
05/28 Sun 3:53 PM 7.68 H
05/28 Sun 9:09 PM 2.42 L
05/29 Mon 3:12 AM 8.94 H
In Short: Fog, drizzle and partial clearing, then mixed skies and showers.