Thursday, Nov. 20th – Lincoln County
Summary: It took until after lunch, but when the precipitation finally started yesterday it generated the offbeat situation of having rain fall while east winds were blowing. Total rainfall amounts came in at about a third of an inch, the easterly breeze blew 10-15 mph and high temps clawed their way up to near 60F. There was a brief break in the rain during the late evening before another wave swept through overnight. At daybreak it was overcast, showery, lows were around 50F and a stubborn easterly component remained in the breeze which was east-southeast 10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 59F/49F/0.36”
Depoe Bay: 57F/46F/0.23”
Forecast: We’re going to go with a normal flow of Fall weather over the next several days. Today and tonight are expected to be mellow with light southeast winds, a few showers and the mercury ranging from 45F to 55F. It looks like we have a real barnburner on tap tomorrow through tomorrow night; heavy rainfall of up to two inches and strong southerly winds 30-45 mph gusting to 55 in coastal communities and up to 65 mph on the beaches and headlands. Outlook is for showers on Saturday, rain likely Sunday, a chance of rain Monday, and rain likely Tuesday into Wednesday. Temperatures should remain seasonal between 45F and 55F.
Thanksgiving Day… Mixed sky, showers, cooler, high 50F, low 35F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers with 50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers and highs of 50-55F. A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect for the Columbia River Gorge through 1:00pm this afternoon. For the Cascades, there is black ice on all highway passes this morning, rain and snow showers are expected; the snow level is at 5,000 feet. Significant accumulating snow is forecast for the Cascades this weekend.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 6”, no change since yesterday; an overall gain of 6″ during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/3”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/23”/Opens November 26th
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/8”/Tubing Hill open weekends
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/18”/Closed
Marine: It’s rough this morning with 10 foot seas at 11 seconds, albeit winds are light at 5-15 knots out of the ESE. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 26 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 20 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 10:00am this morning and is in place until late tonight. S winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 today and seas subsiding to 9 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 after midnight, combined seas 10 feet. Although a warning has not yet been issued, expect a high-end gale tomorrow as winds intensify to 35-40 knots with gusts to 50 and very rough combined seas 18-20 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for S to W winds 20-25 knots and lumpy, steep seas 12-16 feet through Monday.
On the Beach… Showers, light breeze, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
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11/20 Thu 10:05 AM 8.87 H
11/20 Thu 04:54 PM -0.06 L
11/20 Thu 11:23 PM 6.97 H
11/21 Fri 04:32 AM 2.83 L
In Short: Showers, mostly cloudy, then heavy rain and high winds.