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Weather or Not: On the Edge of a Breakdown

Chris Burns Weather

Monday, Nov. 17th – Lincoln County

Summary: The mercury is still thicker’n molasses, but it is making a slow gain on the emplaced arctic air. Yesterday’s high temps did creep up a ways, into the low-50s in most areas, chillier Waldport notwithstanding. A few high clouds passed overhead early in the day and east winds were ‘normal’ at 20-25 mph gusting to around 30. Skies remained clear through the evening and overnight; none of our reporting stations dropped to freezing, though Depoe Bay and Newport flirted with frost. This morning, it was cool, clear and east winds were blowing 10-20 mph. In the region yesterday, Eugene tied its record low of 21F set in 2000, and Vancouver, Washington, set a new low of 19F, just below the old record of 20F in 1955.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 50F/40F/31mph
Depoe Bay: 53F/33F/25mph
Newport: 50F/34F/33mph
Waldport: 48F/38F/17mph
Yachats: 55F/38F/26mph

Forecast: Before you order the local tailor to craft a dryer-sheet suit, the static cling and unexpected snaps of dry, electrically-charged cold air are about to get nosed out. It looks like we’re just on the edge of the current weather pattern WON SUN-WINDbreaking down. While today will be sunny, breezy and cool again, the thermometer should reach the mid-50s and by tonight the east wind is projected to moderate. Low temps near 40F. Tomorrow, mostly sunny, lighter east wind and highs of 55-60F. Outlook is for increasing clouds tomorrow night with a 50-50 chance of rain developing on Wednesday. Rain is likely Wednesday night and Thursday. There’s a chance of rain Friday, and then it’s off to the races with what is shaping up to be a warm, wet and windy storm for the weekend. Temperatures should be seasonal at 45-55F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, mostly sunny, breezy, 45-50F. There are still spots of ice this morning on Highways 18, 20 and 34, especially near the summits. Valley destinations are expecting sunshine and highs around 45F. For the Cascades, mainly clear, cold and windy; the freezing level is at 10,000 feet. Watch for patches of ice and packed snow on all Cascade highway passes. Carry chains or traction tires.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 6”, a loss of 1” since yesterday.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/7”/Closed
Willamette Pass 0”/3”/Opens November 19th
Mt. Bachelor 0”/23”/Opens November 26th
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/8”/Tubing Hill open weekends
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/18”/Closed
Timberline 0”/9”/Palmer lift open weekends

Marine: E winds continue this morning at 15-20 knots with seas 4 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and WON MARINE WXYaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The breeze will have a southerly component today, tonight and tomorrow, SE 10-15 knots gusting 20, and seas remain 3-4 feet at 12 seconds with choppy windwaves. Outlook is for southerlies rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 on Wednesday, seas building rapidly to 12 feet at 11 seconds. Thursday, SW wind 20-25 knots, a steep 14 foot swell and 6 foot windwaves. Stronger winds arrive Friday, S 25-30 knots, with combined rough seas 13-15 feet. Possible gale force winds are projected for Saturday; seas building to as high as 20 feet.

On the Beach… Mostly 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
11/17 Mon 08:24 AM 7.73 H
11/17 Mon 02:58 PM 1.89 L
11/17 Mon 08:58 PM 6.07 H
11/18 Tue 02:30 AM 2.36 L

In Short: Mainly clear, windy, warming, then wet and seasonal.

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