Friday, October 31st – Lincoln County
Summary: The latest weather front arrived on schedule around noon yesterday, beginning with a building breeze followed by a decent shot of moisture. Rainfall ranged from under a quarter to over three-quarters of an inch with Yachats drenched most heavily. Southerly winds were a little higher than projections; some areas of the Central Coast recorded gusts above 30 mph. The mercury rose to the low-60s. Rainy periods continued throughout the afternoon, evening and overnight, albeit the breeze died before sunset. This morning it was still raining on and off, winds were light and lows dipped to the low-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 63F/53F/19mph/0.18”
Depoe Bay: 61F/51F/30mph/0.24”
Forecast: Will it be a Trick or a Treat for those on the prowl for candy? We’ll have some sunbreaks today and the showers are expected to subside, but they may not be entirely absent by this evening. A cool and unstable atmosphere is dominating our weather, so early tonight we’re facing temps around 50F, a 50-50 chance of showers, possible Frankenstein-style thunderstorms with small hail, Casper’s friendly and ghostly winds (except near thunderstorms) and with any clearing, a peek-a-boo Werewolf Moon. Tomorrow looks mainly dry, some sunny periods and cooler; highs around 55F and lows down to 45F. Outlook is for the next weather system to make landfall on the Central Coast sometime Sunday bringing more rain and gusty winds. Look for varying chances of rain Monday through Wednesday, but we could get a stretch of clearing and drying to wind-up the workweek.
Travel: Be extra cautious today driving on local highways, roads and streets as mask-wearing pedestrians with limited visibility will be near traffic on the shoulders and sidewalks. This warning applies during daylight hours (people in Halloween costumes for school, work and parties) as well as this evening, especially from 4:00pm-9:00pm.
In the Coast Range today, showers, chance of thunderstorms and 50-55F. Valley destinations are also expecting showers and a chance of thunderstorms with highs of 55F. For the Cascades, rain and snow; the snow level is 5,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed conditions at lower elevations but accumulating snow is possible down to the Cascade highway passes tonight through Sunday. Oregon’s Chain Law allows the use of studded tires beginning tomorrow. However, because of the damage caused by studded tires, the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages motorists to use studded tires only when necessary. Delaying putting on studded tires, or using other types of traction tires, is helpful for the condition of our highways.
Marine: Choppy seas 8 feet at 8 seconds this morning, but winds are light and variable, 5-10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas goes into effect at 2:00pm and runs through late tonight for Central Coast waters mainly 10 miles or more offshore. SW winds today and tonight 5-10 knots gusting 15 with seas 8-10 feet at 13 seconds, and a chance of thunderstorms. Tomorrow, expect a NW breeze of 5-10 knots and swells subsiding to 6-8 feet. Outlook is for increasing southerlies on Sunday, 10-15 knots gusting near 20, seas 6 feet. Another storm system arrives Monday, lasting into Tuesday, packing S winds 20-25 knots with seas rising to 11-14 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks, light breeze, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
10/31 Fri 07:25 AM 7.20 H
10/31 Fri 01:03 PM 3.17 L
10/31 Fri 06:47 PM 7.14 H
11/01 Sat 01:29 AM 0.53 L
In Short: Showers, partial clearing, light wind, then rainy next week.