Tuesday, Nov. 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday didn’t look or feel much different than the past few days. But the east winds were indeed lighter at 10-15 mph, high temperatures warmed to the mid-50s, and a few strands of high clouds were occasionally able to ride over the top of the cold, dry air. These indicators show that the breakdown of our chilly and sunny weather pattern has begun. Overnight thermometer readings also point to a slowly changing regime as lows stayed up around 40F. This morning, skies were mostly cloudy and east winds moderated to about 10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 55F/40F
Depoe Bay: 54F/37F
Forecast: The battle lines have been drawn and the weather war will be fought over the next 24 hours. A weak but wet disturbance is just offshore and slowly marching toward the Central Coast to fight the entrenched colder and drier air. So, today we’ll see clouds from this front gain ground, thicken by tonight and capture the territory overnight. There’s a chance of rain late tonight and then rain is likely by late tomorrow morning. There’ll still be some east wind today with highs of 50-55F. Overnight lows around 45F. Outlook is for the cold air to lose the battle as rain/showers and southerly breezes are expected through much of the week ahead. A storm on Friday may bring strong winds and heavy rain, with rain likely through Sunday.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, partly cloudy, 45-55F; there are spots of ice this morning on Highways 18, 20 and 34, especially near the summits. Valley destinations are expecting mostly sunny skies and highs of 45-50F. For the Cascades, mostly sunny; the freezing level is at 5,500 feet. Watch for icy patches on all Cascade highway passes. Carry chains or traction tires.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 6”, no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 5″ during the past week.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
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
Marine: The E winds are still around this morning, 15 knots gusting 20 in spots, and seas are 4 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. The breeze should start slowly veering to SE today 10-15 knots gusting 20 with seas building to 5 feet at 10 seconds. Tonight, look for SE winds rising to 15-20 knots, swells 6 feet and 4 foot windwaves. The first in a series of fronts arrives tomorrow packing southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 along with seas rising to 9 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for S wind 15-20 knots and 10 foot seas on Thursday. A gale with SW winds 30-35 knots and combined seas 13-15 feet is projected for Friday, and then W winds 20-25 knots and seas in the low-teen for Saturday.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, 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.
11/18 Tue 08:59 AM 8.11 H
11/18 Tue 03:39 PM 1.20 L
11/18 Tue 09:51 PM 6.35 H
11/19 Wed 03:12 AM 2.54 L
In Short: Increasing clouds, warming and wet, then stormy.