Saturday, Nov. 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: The last of the cold rain showers vanished early yesterday (along with all of the nearby weather warnings), the sun broke out and cool east winds returned by afternoon. Highs came in at projections near 45F, though Yachats nailed 50F. The easterly breeze topped out around 20 mph with a few gusts in the upper 20s. Clear and cold conditions took us through the evening and overnight with the mercury dipping to freezing in most areas. At daybreak, it was pretty obvious that Jack Frost is back in town, busily dusting roofs and windshields. It’s a lot chillier elsewhere in Oregon; Meacham recorded -14F this morning for the state’s cold spot.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 45F/36F
Depoe Bay: 49F/30F
Forecast: We’re in for a stretch of cold, clear and breezy weather as another blast of arctic air leaks through the mountains. Clear skies are on tap today and tomorrow with high temperatures of 45-50F and lows around 30F. East winds will make it feel a lot colder as they blow 15-20 mph gusting to 25 or higher. Outlook is for a slow change to begin on Monday with a few clouds appearing, but a little warmer, too, with the thermometer rising to 50-55F and dropping to about 40F overnight. Partly sunny on Tuesday, high 55F, though thickening clouds and a chance of rain are expected by evening. Rain is likely on Wednesday with a chance of rain the rest of the week. Southerly winds and seasonal temperatures ranging from 45F to 55F are projected from midweek into next weekend.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny, breezy, 40-45F with spots of ice possible especially before noon. ODOT is advising motorists to begin carrying chains or traction tires whenever crossing the summits on Highways 18, 20 and 34. Valley destinations are expecting clear skies with blustery east winds and highs of 40-45F. For the Cascades, clear and windy; the freezing level is at the surface, and there are spots of ice on the highway passes this morning. Outlook for weekend travelers is for clear, cold and breezy with patches of ice in the mountains.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 7”, no change since yesterday. (Throughout the Winter we’ll provide daily snow pack levels, and as the ski areas open, daily conditions will appear in this section as well.)
Ski Report – New Snow/Total/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0″/3″/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 11″/15″/Closed
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0″/8″/Tubing Hill open today
Mt. Hood Meadows 0″/12″/Buttercup lift open today
Timberline 0”/7”/Palmer lift open for advanced skiers and boarders
Marine: The breeze is E 10-15 knots this morning and seas are square 5 footers at 5 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. E winds are expected to rise today and tonight to 10-20 knots with occasional gusts to 25 along with 6 foot swells and 4 foot windwaves. Tomorrow, look for easterlies 10-15 knots and seas around 4 feet. Outlook is for SE winds 10-15 knots on Monday, westerly swells 6 feet. Seasonal southerly weather returns by midweek. The breeze veers to SE on Tuesday and then S on Wednesday, 20-25 knots possibly gusting to gale force, with seas building to 7-10 feet.
On the Beach… Sunny, cool, breezy, surf 4-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/15 Sat 07:03 AM 7.13 H
11/15 Sat 01:12 PM 3.14 L
11/15 Sat 06:41 PM 5.87 H
11/16 Sun 12:53 AM 1.86 L
In Short: Clear, cold, windy, then slow warming and wet.