Monday, Nov. 10th – Lincoln County
Summary: It was indeed a speedy weather disturbance, passing through our area yesterday between 8:00am and noon, leaving behind a tenth to a quarter of an inch of rain. Lincoln City had the most precipitation. Winds were southwest veering to northwest 15-25 mph, though Yachats recorded a gust of 33. Clouds hung on most of the day with the Sun making occasional fleeting appearances. Thermometers didn’t quite reach 60F following chilly overnight lows in the mid-40s. This morning, skies were clear and there was a light east wind, the harbinger of things to come.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/46F/25mph/0.25”
Depoe Bay: 57F/45F/28mph/0.10”
Forecast: The National Weather Service Special Weather Statement for much colder temperatures area-wide remains in effect. Cold and windy conditions are expected Wednesday and Thursday with the possibility of Winter precipitation falling mainly in and near the Columbia River Gorge, but also in the northern Willamette Valley including Portland Metro.
For the Central Coast, today should be the best of the week with lots of sunshine, a light easterly breeze, and highs about 55F. Expect the east wind to start building tonight, 10-15 mph gusting to 20 or so, with the mercury falling to around 40F. A big pot of chilly air has tipped over in Canada and is spilling down across the Northwest bringing lower temps and stronger east winds beginning tomorrow. The breeze rises to 25 mph with gusts to 35 or more, and high temps are projected to top out in the upper-40s. Outlook is for partly sunny and cool with a high of 45F on Wednesday, along with east winds 15-25 mph gusting 30. The marginally dicey period comes Wednesday night when a wet weather system moves into the colder air. Right now it looks like we’ll be above freezing at that point, around 35F, so the precipitation should fall as regular old rain. Then warming and rainy on Thursday with a continued chance of rain through Sunday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy and 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine with highs of 55F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy and isolated showers; the snow level is at 4,500 feet, and there are spots of ice and snow on the highway passes this morning. Outlook for travel on Wednesday and Thursday – motorists should be prepared for snow in the Cascades and possible Winter-like driving conditions elsewhere in Northwest Oregon. Cascade snow levels are projected to drop to 3,500 feet by Wednesday; carry chains or traction tires. High profile vehicles will also need to use extra caution in strong east winds when traveling along I-84 between I-205 and Bonneville Dam, and over the Glen Jackson Bridge on I-205 in Portland during this period.
Marine: Seas are very rough this morning, 12 feet at 10 seconds, but winds are light, NE 5-10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational vessels, and to uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect until noon. Seas are projected to subside to around 9 feet by this afternoon with northeasterly winds 10-15 knots. Tonight, an ENE breeze builds to 20-25 knots gusting 30 and seas run about 7 feet. Due E winds are forecast for tomorrow through Wednesday, 20-25 knots gusting 30 with combined choppy seas 6-8 feet. Outlook is for the wind to go SE 15-25 knots Thursday and Friday and the swell to rise to 10-12 feet.
On the Beach… Sunny, light breeze, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/10 Mon 07:51 AM 3.26 L
11/10 Mon 01:42 PM 8.54 H
11/10 Mon 08:39 PM -0.44 L
11/11 Tue 03:31 AM 7.19 H
In Short: Clear, becoming breezy, then windy and much cooler.