A Good Friday

By: NewportOr , 3:10 PM GMT on April 18, 2014

Friday, Apr. 18th – Lincoln County

Summary: Not bad for a mid-April weather system. Precipitation amounts yesterday were nearly a half inch, with Lincoln City receiving a little over that. Southwest winds of 20-25 gusting past 30 were common on the Central Coast; Newport airport claimed the top gust at 38 mph but a gust of 45 mph was recorded on the Yaquina Bay Bridge (elevation 160'). High temperatures were generally in the low-50s. The wind and rain came to a screeching halt in the early evening and holes in the overcast appeared in time for some sunshine to get through before dark. Overnight, clouds dissipated further and by daybreak it was mostly clear with lows about 40F.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 55F/42F/0.55”/34mph
Depoe Bay: 52F/39F/0.41”/34mph
Newport: 52F/37F/0.42”/38mph
Waldport: 54F/42F/0.34”/28mph
Yachats: 52F/42F/0.37”/36mph

Forecast: A good Friday is on tap with mostly sunny skies, highs of 55-60F and light north winds. Becoming mostly cloudy, though, by tonight and a chance of rain developing, lows about 45F. Tomorrow, we’re back on the rain rollercoaster with another wet and windy weather front bringing a southwest breeze of 10-20 mph gusting 25 and up to a quarter of an inch of precipitation, highs in the low-50s. Outlook is for partly sunny and dry on Sunday, highs around 55F. Monday, a 50-50 chance of showers again, and then unsettled showery weather the rest of the week.

Travel: In the Coast Range, temps were in the mid-30s at 8:00am, so there could be spots of frost/ice; mostly sunny with highs of 55-60F today. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, fair skies and patches of ice today with the freezing level at 3,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is for rain Saturday but dry Sunday in the Coast Range and Valley. Rain is likely in the Cascades on Saturday, but a chance of snow in the highway passes on Saturday night. Warming with sunshine on Sunday and the freezing level rising to 6,000 feet.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 115”, no change since yesterday, or 68% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Hoodoo Closed for Season
Willamette Pass Closed for Season
Mt Bachelor 0/101/Spring
Mt Hood Meadows 2/110/Machine Groomed
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Skiing/Tubing Open Sat-Sun
Timberline Lodge 4/147/Machine Groomed

Marine: A short 24-hour weather window appears to be available for those seeking to get offshore. Winds have dropped this morning to NE 5-10 knots and seas are about 8 feet. Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 24 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The northerly breeze is expected to stay below 15 knots today and tonight with seas remaining at 7-8 feet. All bets are off tomorrow when a fairly strong front arrives in the morning. S winds quickly rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30, and a rough sea with 7 foot swells and 7 foot wind waves. Outlook is for winds to veer SW and drop tomorrow night to 15-20 knots but the swell rises to 11 feet. Sunday, a very large swell train makes its way into local waters with wave heights of 15-20 feet; S winds 10-15 knots gusting 20. The swell subsides on Monday to 12-15 feet and to 10-12 feet by Tuesday; winds SW 10-15 knots through mid-week.

On the Beach... Mostly sunny, light breeze, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/18 Fri 09:13 AM -0.91 L
04/18 Fri 03:50 PM 6.83 H
04/18 Fri 09:03 PM 2.55 L
04/19 Sat 03:06 AM 8.53 H

In Short: Fair, rain and wind, then unsettled.

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