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Acting Like Autumn

By: NewportOr , 3:11 PM GMT on April 23, 2014

Wednesday, Apr. 23rd – Lincoln County

Summary: Several costume changes were required yesterday as diverse conditions repeatedly sent us into and out of the dressing room. Sunshine, showers, hail and wind were all center stage for a scene or two. Rainfall amounts varied from under a quarter of an inch to over a half depending on the location of the showers. Southwest winds were mainly 20-25 mph gusting to around 30. Yaquina Bay Bridge (elevation 160’) had a gust of 45 mph; highest in the area was on Mary’s Peak (elevation 4,137’) at 49 mph. The play continued overnight with the southwest wind’s soliloquy and showers made an occasional appearance. This morning, an ominous overcast was the spoiler alert for the storm waiting in the wings.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain/Wind Gust...
Lincoln City: 55F/49F/0.54”/29mph
Depoe Bay: 55F/45F/0.16”/34mph
Newport: 54F/45F/0.32”/36mph
Waldport: 56F/47F/0.47”/29mph
Yachats: 53F/46F/0.39”/27mph

Forecast: It has all the earmarks of an October storm including strong southwest winds and rainfall amounts up to 2 inches. The weather system on its way in doesn’t look much like late April. Today, the southwest breeze is expected to build to 25-30 mph with gusts near 50 by this afternoon along with steady and fairly heavy rain. More rain and even windier tonight; sustained sou’westers of 30-35 mph could gust as high as 55, which is near warning level. Tomorrow, rain turns to showers and the wind drops to 20-25 mph gusting 45. High and low temps in the low-50s. Outlook is for showers on Friday and Saturday, rain likely and windy again Saturday night and Sunday, followed by a drying trend and sunshine early next week.

Travel: In the Coast Range, rainy and windy today with highs of 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting rain and temps of 50-55F. For the Cascades, there’s slush and packed snow on all highway passes this morning with more snow on the way. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 5:00pm this afternoon for an additional 4-10 inches of snow. The freezing level is at 3,500 feet, well below the passes. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 124”, a gain of 11” since yesterday, or 71% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 3/105/Powder
Mt Hood Meadows 8/116/Powder
Timberline 11/156/Powder

Marine: Rough conditions this morning. SW winds are 20-25 knots and seas 11 feet with 8 foot wind waves. Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational and uninspected passenger vessels 40 feet and less. The current Small Craft Advisory for winds is being upgraded to a Gale Warning beginning at 10:00am this morning and it’ll run through tomorrow morning. SW winds today rising to 25-30 knots with gusts to 40 by this afternoon, and combined seas of 12 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, S wind 25-30 knots gusting 40 with very rough combined seas of 13 feet at 8 seconds. The breeze eases a little tomorrow, SW 20-25 knots early and down to 15-20 knots gusting 25 by afternoon; short period combined seas of 12 feet at 9 seconds. Outlook is for a break on Friday with SW winds of 5-10 knots and wave heights falling to 8-10 feet. Another storm system arrives on Saturday with southerlies 25-30 knots, seas 10-12 feet. By late Sunday, winds should be down to SW 10-15 knots with seas around 10 feet.

On the Beach... Rain, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
04/23 Wed 07:26 AM 6.97 H
04/23 Wed 02:08 PM 0.12 L
04/23 Wed 08:56 PM 7.21 H
04/24 Thu 02:51 AM 2.03 L

In Short: Rainy and windy, showers, then rainy and windy.

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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