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Weather or Not: Sluggish Warming

Chris Burns Weather

Sunday, Nov. 16th – Lincoln County

Summary: What has recently become ordinary continued yesterday as east winds blew 10-20 mph with gusts near 30 and temperatures peaked in the mid-40s. Waldport and Yachats were again a tad warmer and even saw a few clouds but it was totally sunny all day elsewhere. Mainly clear skies held sway through the evening, overnight and into this morning with the thermometer down to freezing or slightly above. Around the state, it’s really cold. Corvallis had 20F early today, single digits were common in the Cascades, and Eastern Oregon temps plunged to well below 0F; Madras was down to -11F. So, it isn’t all that bad here on the Central Coast.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 45F/36F
Depoe Bay: 47F/30F
Newport: 46F/31F
Waldport: 48F/35F
Yachats: 49F/37F

Forecast: Partly cloudy and windy today, though a little warmer with the mercury headed for 50F. The east winds will still be fairly stiff through the day at 10-15 mph gusting to 20 or so. Tonight shouldn’t be quite as cold; look for lows of WON PCLOUDY-SUN-WIND35-40F. Moderating winds and temperatures begin tomorrow. Sunny with a few clouds on Monday, a high of 50-55F and the east winds drop off to 10 mph gusting 15. Outlook is for continued partly cloudy on Tuesday, high 55F, but thicker clouds begin to come onshore by evening. An increasing chance of rain is predicted for Wednesday, a chance of showers Thursday and Friday, then a stronger wet and windy weather system is in the cards for next weekend. Thermometer readings should be back to seasonal between 45F and 55F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, sunny, breezy, 45-50F. Spots of ice are reported this morning on Highway 18 at Murphy Hill Summit, Highway 20 from Cline Hill to the Dudlee Hill Summit, and on Highway 34 at Alsea Summit. ODOT is advising motorists to begin carrying chains or traction tires while crossing the Coast Range. Valley destinations are expecting clear skies, breezy and highs of 40-45F. For the Cascades, clear, very cold and windy; the freezing level is at the surface, and there are spots of ice on all of the highway passes this morning. Outlook for weekend travelers is for clear, cold and breezy with patches of ice in the mountains tonight.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 7”, no change since yesterday.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/7”/Closed
Willamette Pass 0”/3”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/24”/Opening November 26th
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/8”/Tubing Hill open
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/18”/Buttercup Lift open
Timberline 0”/8”/Palmer lift open

Marine: Seas are 5 by 5 and winds are E 15-20 knots with higher gusts this morning. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and WON SCAYaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until this afternoon. E winds 10-15 knots gusting 25 are expected through much of the day with choppy seas 4-5 feet. Tonight, the breeze eases a little to 10-15 knots out of the E and seas relax to about 3 feet. We start seeing a change tomorrow as the wind goes SE 10-15 knots with a 3 foot swell. Outlook is for SE winds again on Tuesday, 10-15 knots gusting 20 with choppy 3 footers. S to SW winds 20-25 knots and seas rising to 8-10 feet are projected for Wednesday and Thursday. Southerly gales may return by late week as a typical Fall weather pattern emerges.

On the Beach… Sunny, cool, breezy, surf 3-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
11/16 Sun 07:46 AM 7.39 H
11/16 Sun 02:11 PM 2.55 L
11/16 Sun 07:55 PM 5.88 H
11/17 Mon 01:44 AM 2.13 L

In Short: Clear, cold, windy, then slow warming and wet.

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