Summary: They should have called it Gray Friday as shoppers on the Central Coast hit the stores under cloudy, but dry conditions. Highs stopped near 50F, and for the most part the breeze was fairly light from the SE. Lincoln City had a gust to 18 knots for the highest wind. Overnight lows stayed above freezing with upper 30s being common. A stray sprinkle passed through overnight giving us damp ground but nothing measureable. A hole in the clouds allowed Ol’ Sol to peak out for a while this morning.
Past 24 hours high/low…
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 54F/44F
Forecast: Today looks like a rerun from yesterday with mostly cloudy skies and highs around 50F or so. There’s an increasing chance of rain by late afternoon and tonight. Winds going slowly from east to southeast to south. Low tonight should be in the low-to-mid 40s. Tomorrow we’re up to a solid 80-90 percent chance of rain and deteriorating conditions with the arrival of more wind and rain. The strongest part of this wet storm moves in Sunday night and Monday. A ‘Pineapple Express’ (lots of subtropical moisture from near Hawaii) will be feeding this system, so rainfall amounts still look on track to be 2-3 inches for the Central Coast. Outlook is for a sudden change to very cold conditions beginning late Monday and lasting through the week. Highs just above freezing and lows in the 20s, with a chance of a light dusting of snow Monday night and Tuesday before we return to clear skies.
Special Section – Holiday Travel: Dodged the bullet. The colder air with lowering snow levels, even in the Cascades, is probably not happening until very late Sunday night or Monday morning. For our Highways 18 and 20, rainy and breezy but no ice or snow on the way to or from the coast on Sunday.
Marine: One more benign day on the water today before conditions change rapidly. Depoe Bay bar is restricted to boats 16 feet and less today; Yaquina Bay bar is wide open. Local waters will see an increase in southerly wind by tonight, but the heaviest breezes will be north of Lincoln City where a Small Craft Advisory has been issued. That all changes tomorrow and Monday when a southwesterly blow of 20-25 knots with gusts to 30 knots sweeps into all coastal waters. Seas over the next couple of days rising from about 5 feet this morning, to 10 feet tomorrow, and into the teens by late Monday.
On the Beach…
Mostly cloudy, cool, rain and wind later, surf 5 feet and building. Oh, and the first migrating California gray whales are being spotted along the Central Coast this week. Keep an eye peeled for the spouts.
11/30 Sat 09:20 AM 9.32 H
11/30 Sat 04:17 PM -0.34 L
11/30 Sat 10:48 PM 6.95 H
12/01 Sun 03:50 AM 2.92 L
In Short: Increasing chance of rain, very wet, quite cold