Going Coastal

By: NewportOr , 2:58 PM GMT on May 03, 2014

Saturday, May 3rd – Lincoln County

Loyalty Day Activities... Showers and sunbreaks early, then a 70 percent chance of rain by 11:00am, south winds 10-20 mph gusting 30, high 55F. Parade and Fun Run participants should be prepared for rain and wind.

Summary: In many respects, yesterday was a typical Central Coast Spring day, unlike the middle part of this past week. Cool temps, low clouds and drizzle made it feel, well, coastal. It’s the reason many people live here, especially those who don’t particularly like the heat. Light fog developed in the afternoon, reducing visibilities to around a mile for a while, southwest winds stayed below 10 mph and the mercury begrudgingly climbed to near 60F. Precipitation amounts were just barely measureable. Sky conditions were about the same overnight, and the thermometer dipped to the low-50s. The leading edge of a weather system arrived at about 5:30am this morning; the breeze backed to the south and rose to 15-20 mph gusting near 30 and spotty rain showers developed.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain...
Lincoln City: 60F/51F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 58F/51F/0.03”
Newport: 55F/52F/0.01”
Waldport: 59F/52F/0.01”
Yachats: 55F/50F/0.01”

Forecast: A moderate weather system is on track to affect the Central Coast today, beginning with showers this morning and turning to steady rain by noon, highs of 55-60F, and south winds 15-20 mph with gusts to 30 or so. The rain and wind continue tonight, low around 50F. Tomorrow, steady rain turns to showers but the southerly breeze rises to 20-25 mph with gusts to 40, high temps about 55F. Outlook is for unsettled weather the rest of the week with showers, sunbreaks, variable winds and a cool, albeit seasonal, temperature range of 45-55F.

Long Range Outlook... This Summer is predicted to be hotter and drier than normal. Extended seasonal forecasts point to less moisture and higher temperatures for our area. Check out the NOAA Climate Prediction Center or Accuweather’s Summer Forecast for more information.

Travel: Highway 101 will be closed in both directions for the Loyalty Day Parade and Fun Run from 11:30am-1:30pm today through Newport from just north of NE 20th Street to near the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Traffic will be rerouted on side streets. In the Coast Range, rain today with temps of 55-60F. Valley destinations have rain likely and forecast highs of 60-65F. For the Cascades, rainy and breezy conditions are expected today with the snow level at 5,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers in the Coast Range and Willamette Valley is for rain today and tonight, showers tomorrow and tomorrow night. For the Cascades, rainy and windy with the snow level above the highway passes through tomorrow night.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 116”, a loss of 3” since yesterday, or 81% of normal.

Ski Report - New Snow Inches/Total Inches/Condition...
Mt Bachelor 0/99/Wet
Mt Hood Meadows 0/110/Spring
Timberline 0/151/Spring

Marine: A weather front is easing its way in this morning and SW winds are up to 15-20 knots with seas at 7 feet. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is posted from 11:00am this morning through tomorrow afternoon. S winds rising today to 20-25 knots gusting 30 and combined seas building to 8-10 feet. Tonight and tomorrow, the S wind continues at 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 along with rough seas 10-12 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for moderating conditions on Monday; SW winds dropping to 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas subsiding to 6 feet. Tuesday and Wednesday, N to NW breezes 5-15 knots and swells 4-5 feet.

On the Beach... Rainy, windy, 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.
05/03 Sat 09:57 AM -0.47 L
05/03 Sat 04:47 PM 6.46 H
05/03 Sat 09:56 PM 3.13 L
05/04 Sun 03:43 AM 7.27 H

In Short: Rain, breezy, showers, 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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