Thursday, Nov. 13th – Lincoln County
For those who have travel plans, today’s report focuses on the Winter-like storm affecting most of Oregon outside of the Central Coast .
First, our area has dodged the bullet on this one; temperatures remain above freezing, precipitation is falling as rain and it’s expected to stay that way all day.
Forecast:. There are currently no warnings, watches or advisories for the Central Coast. Winds should stay under 40 mph and precipitation will be liquid. Rainy and windy today, turning to showers late tonight, rain likely again tomorrow, but look for partly to mostly clear skies for the weekend. High today 50-55F, low tonight 45F and tomorrow’s high around 50F. For the weekend, daytime highs about 50F and overnight lows dipping to 30-35F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, Highways 18 and 20 do not have official warnings posted, however temperatures are 30-32F this morning with spots of ice and freezing rain. Highway 34 is south of the cold air and should be mostly just wet pavement.
The National Weather Service has issued a number of warnings and watches for Oregon as a Winter-like storm causes significant effects on travel today, and for many areas through tomorrow morning.
* A Winter Storm Warning is up for the western Columbia River Gorge where heavy snow, blowing snow and freezing rain is expected from now through 4:00am Friday. Snow accumulations could reach 5-10 inches followed by freezing rain as thick as a quarter inch. Windchills drop to 0F aided by strong east winds gusting to 65-70 mph.
* A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Portland Metro and areas west to McMinnville and south to Salem including all other communities in the northern and central Willamette Valley for freezing rain with up to a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation. The southern cutoff for this Advisory is just north of Albany and Corvallis.
* A Winter Storm Warning has been posted for the Cascades where 10-14 inches of snow is expected today through tonight and into tomorrow along with windchills of 0F.
* A Winter Storm Warning is up for all of Eastern Oregon, with up to a foot of snow possible.
* Portland International Airport is open and all airlines are expected to continue to fly in/out of Portland International Airport (PDX) today but some delays have already occurred. Prior to leaving for the airport, check with your airline to ensure that your flight has not been delayed or cancelled. In inclement weather, please allow extra time to get to the airport; continue to monitor the situation for updates.
Summary: We woke up to cold and sunny conditions yesterday, but by noon the clouds from an approaching weather system began filling the sky. East winds were brisk all day but stayed 40 mph or less and the mercury rose into the mid-40s. The overcast thickened through the afternoon and early evening; rain arrived just before midnight and was fairly continuous overnight. At daybreak, there was steady cold rain, temps in the mid-30s and east winds gusting 30-35 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 45F/36F/37mph/0.29”
Depoe Bay: 46F/36F/31mph/0.37”
Cascadia: Another earthquake, this one magnitude 4.3, occurred about 250 miles west of Newport at 12:14pm yesterday. Like the previous two Cascadia temblors recorded over the past ten days, the epicenter of Wednesday’s shaker was located on the Juan de Fuca Plate’s Blanco Fracture Zone.
Marine: Winds are still out of the E this morning, 25-30 knots, and seas are choppy, 6 feet at 5 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. Today, SE winds veering to SW 20-25 knots gusting 30 with windwaves building to 7 feet on a 5 foot swell. An easing breeze is predicted for tonight, becoming westerly 10-20 knots, and seas 9 feet at 14 seconds. Lighter winds tomorrow, out of the NW 5-10 knots gusting 15, and seas relaxing to 7-8 feet. Outlook is for E to SE winds 10-15 knots Saturday through Monday with swells around 6 feet.
On the Beach… Rainy and windy, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/13 Thu 10:47 AM 3.76 L
11/13 Thu 04:13 PM 6.62 H
11/13 Thu 11:05 PM 1.09 L
11/14 Fri 06:14 AM 6.96 H
In Short: Rain, moderate winds, then cool and clearing.