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Weather or Not: Ice Storm – Coast Range, Valley

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, Nov. 14th – Lincoln County

Our focus again today will be on local residents who have travel plans. Foremost is ice in the Coast Range, which is affecting Highways 18 and 20 to the Valley. Parts of Highway 20 will be closed through this morning for the removal of trees that have fallen due to heavy icing and high winds. Highway 34 is above freezing through the Coast Range, but icy at the other end in Philomath. Do not attempt a trip to the Willamette Valley until the situation changes.

The National Weather Service has issued an Ice Storm Warning in effect until 10:00am this morning above 500 feet in the Central Coast Range, and for the towns of Corvallis, Albany, Salem and McMinnville.

* Timing… Ice accumulation is ongoing and will continue until temperatures rise above about 33F or precipitation ends. Precipitation is expected to taper off during the morning hours from north to south and temperatures should rise above 33F across the entire warning area by 10:00am.

* Ice Accumulations… At least an additional one quarter of an inch and up to one half of an inch.

* Impacts… Ice will accumulate on exposed surfaces and likely bring down trees. Bridges and overpasses in particular will become treacherously slick but most roads will likely accumulate some ice.

* Precautionary/preparedness Actions… An Ice Storm Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged. Commerce will likely be severely impacted. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Ice accumulations and winds will likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches that add to the danger.

Summary: Yesterday’s weather system ultimately was not strong enough to scour out the cold air, so most of our area was stuck in the mid-30s for most of the day, overnight and into this morning. Well, except for Waldport and Yachats where temperatures rose into the 50s and it’s still relatively warm. The southern section of the Central Coast also received copious amounts of rainfall with over 2” while the northern areas were around an inch. Cold east winds continued, though the higher gusts in Waldport and Yachats came from the southeast with the weather front. At daybreak, the southern section was in the low-40s, the rest of the Central Coast in the mid-30s, winds were light to moderate and it was spittin’ cold rain with a few ice pellets.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 38F/37F/31mph/1.31”
Depoe Bay: 39F/37F/28mph/0.84”
Newport: 37F/36F/33mph/1.36”
Waldport: 52F/42F/44mph/2.08”
Yachats: 55F/41F/46mph/2.68”

Forecast: We should start warming-up as today unfolds with the mercury rising to around 45F, partly cloudy skies, and the breeze veering to the north 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy tonight, light east winds and it’ll be cold again, down to freezing, so icy roads are possible, many north of Waldport. Tomorrow, look for increasing sunshine with east winds 10-15 mph, highs around 45F but lows dipping to 30-32F tomorrow night. Outlook is for partly cloudy and warmer on Sunday and Monday; daytime highs rise to 50F and overnight lows stay above freezing, around 40F. The next wet and warmer weather systems begin arriving late Tuesday with rain and wind, lasting into Thursday.

Marine: Seas are around 6 feet this morning with E winds 5-10 knots. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are WON MARINE WXunrestricted. Fairly benign conditions are projected for today as the E wind veers to N 5-10 knots gusting 15 and a W swell of 9 feet at 12 seconds. The breeze goes NE early tonight, 5-10 knots, then due E after midnight, 10-15 knots, seas about 6 feet. Tomorrow, E wind 10-15 knots gusting 20 with choppy 6 footers. Outlook is for SE winds Sunday and Monday, 10-15 knots and seas 5-6 feet. A southerly gale is possible late Tuesday.

On the Beach… Mostly sunny, chilly, light breeze, surf 7-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
11/14 Fri 12:02 PM 3.57 L
11/14 Fri 05:23 PM 6.13 H
11/15 Sat 12:00 AM 1.51 L
11/15 Sat 07:03 AM 7.13 H

In Short: Clearing, cool, light wind, cold nights, then wet and warming.

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