Rain Rollercoaster

By: NewportOr , 3:08 PM GMT on April 17, 2014

Thursday, Apr. 17th – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly cloudy skies with a handful of short sunbreaks and a few periods of drizzle gave us a well-rounded Wednesday. Highs were in the mid-50s and southwest winds topped out at 10-15 mph. The drizzle intensified about 10:00pm last night and eventually turned to regular rain showers, though not exceedingly heavy, with higher amounts in our northern area. Low temps stopped in the upper-40s. By daybreak, the overcast had thickened and a more steady rain had begun to fall as a weather front nudged its way through the 'dirty ridge' and onto the Central Coast.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 56F/49F/0.13”
Depoe Bay: 53F/50F/0.14”
Newport: 54F/48F/0.12”
Waldport: 53F/47F/0.08”
Yachats: 52F/49F/0.04”

Forecast: You won’t need a ticket. It’s a free ride on the rain rollercoaster over the next few days. Rain today with accumulations of a quarter inch or better, highs around 55F and southwest winds increasing to 10-15 mph gusting to 20 or so. For those attending the ladies-only benefit (for My Sisters’ Place) performance of “Anton in Show Business” at the Newport Performing Arts Center tonight, expect showers on your way there, but not on the way home as precipitation tapers off quickly in the later evening. Overnight, mostly cloudy with a low of 45F. Tomorrow, partly to mostly sunny and warmer, highs of 55-60F and light north wind. Outlook is for another blast of rain on Saturday, mostly cloudy but dry on Sunday, then up and down chances of showers for the remainder of the week ahead.

Travel: In the Coast Range, temps were around 45F this morning; rain and highs of 50-55F today. Valley destinations are expecting rain with highs 55-60F. For the Cascades, rain likely today with the freezing level at 6,000 feet, but falling to pass level tonight creating a chance of light snow accumulations on the highways.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 115”, a loss of 1” since yesterday, or 67% of normal. Weekly snow total, -7”; difference from last year, -18”; deviation from 30 year average, -24”. The above statistics are for the Hood/Deschutes snow basin. Other basins are well below half of their annual average snow pack. Willamette is 46% of normal; Rogue is only 29%; and Klamath is at just 22%.

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 0/110/Wet
Mt Hood Ski Bowl Closed for Skiing/Tubing Open Sat-Sun
Timberline Lodge 0/145/Wet

Marine: SSW winds are light this morning, under 10 knots, and seas are about 8 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is restricted for recreational vessels 26 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. The benign conditions aren’t expected to last long as a Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 11:00am today and runs through this evening. S winds rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 with 7-9 foot lumpy seas. The breeze veers to W then NW tonight, 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 and a swell of 8-10 feet with 4 foot wind waves. A brief break is predicted for tomorrow as winds subside to NW 5-15 knots, seas 9 feet. Outlook is for another front to arrive on Saturday packing S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 with choppy seas at 7 feet. Sunday and Monday, S winds 10-20 knots and a very large swell of 15-20 feet or possibly higher arriving in local waters.

On the Beach... Rain, breezy, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/17 Thu 08:28 AM -0.85 L
04/17 Thu 03:00 PM 7.04 H
04/17 Thu 08:19 PM 2.23 L
04/18 Fri 02:24 AM 8.70 H

In Short: Rain, windy, clearing, then unsettled.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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