Summary: Fog, drizzle, mostly cloudy yesterday; overcast, drizzle overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/54F/13mph/0.01”
Depoe Bay: 59F/52F/11mph/0.01”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 400’, overcast @ 800’
Visibility: 2.5 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.11”
Forecast: It’d probably be a good idea to have a contingency plan for your traditional Memorial Day barbecue. While the light rain/drizzle is supposed to end by noon, there’s no consensus on cloud cover for the rest of the day. A survey of the various weather services this morning shows everything from complete overcast to partly cloudy skies. The one thing they all agree on, however, is that it’ll be rather cool with highs topping out at 55-60F. There’s a chance of showers tonight and tomorrow, low 50F, high 55F. Outlook is for mostly cloudy Wednesday, sunbreaks and possible showers Thursday and Friday, then mostly sunny next weekend. High temperatures are not expected to get above 60F, with lows around 50F.
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Travel: Expect heavier than normal traffic along the Central Coast through this 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 55F. For the Cascades, highways are dry this morning, 55-65F, the snow level is 8,000 feet.
* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is mainly bare pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range through tonight; a chance of showers or thunderstorms in the Cascades, the snow level remaining above the passes at 8,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are N 5-10 knots gusting 15 this morning with seas 3-4 feet at 10 seconds. Quiet conditions continue with winds below 20 knots through at least the middle of this week and likely longer. Winds turn late Tuesday from out of the northwest to out of the southwest then south. Seas around 4 feet will continue through about Wednesday. Next chance for winds above 20 knots will be next weekend as a broad upper-level ridge builds over the NE Pacific, setting up a Summer-like gusty northerly wind pattern over our waters. * 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 2-3’ 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.
05/29 Mon 9:57 AM -1.91 L
05/29 Mon 4:47 PM 7.54 H
05/29 Mon 10:07 PM 2.66 L
05/30 Tue 4:06 AM 8.25 H
In Short: Drizzle and partial clearing, then mixed skies with a chance of showers.