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Weather or Not: Batten Down the Hatches

Chris Burns Weather

Friday, Nov. 21st – Lincoln County

Summary: Mostly cloudy skies yesterday, southeast winds 10-15 mph and showers.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/50F/0.04”
Depoe Bay: 57F/51F/0.06”
Newport: 55F/48F/0.03”
Waldport: 57F/50F/0.04”
Yachats: 59F/54F/0.13”

Forecast: The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the Central Coast which is in effect from noon today to 7:00pm this evening.

WARNING NWS SWS* Winds: On beaches and headlands, south winds increasing to 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph. In coastal communities, south winds increasing to 20-30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph.

* Timing: winds will begin increasing late this morning and afternoon. Strongest winds are expected in the mid to late afternoon.

* Locations include: Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport and Yachats.

* Impacts: the winds may cause some tree damage and power disruptions along the coast. The winds will cause difficult driving conditions along the coast as well, especially for trucks, trailers and other high profile vehicles.

* Precautionary/preparedness actions: a High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

This storm is also transporting a great deal of moisture, possibly 1-2 inches of rain today and another inch during heavy showers WON WINDY RAINYtonight and tomorrow. The breeze should begin easing late this evening, but continue blowing out of the south at 20-25 mph gusting to 35-40. Tomorrow, expect showers and a chance of an occasional thunderstorm. Outlook is for rain likely Sunday through Tuesday with a diminishing chance of precipitation on Wednesday. High temperatures of 50-55F and lows near 45F are projected for the entire forecast period.

Thanksgiving Day… Chance of showers, high 50F, low 45F.

Travel: In the Coast Range today, rainy and breezy with temps around 50F. Highway 34 has standing water on the pavement at Alsea Mountain summit, near Milepost 38. Valley destinations are expecting rain and highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, there are spots of ice on all highway passes this morning, breezy with rain and snow showers today; the snow level is at 5,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is rain and wet pavement at the lower elevations, but the first significant snowfall down to the highway passes is predicted for the Cascades tomorrow and Sunday. Government Camp, Santiam Pass and Willamette Pass may receive a half-foot of snow or more. Carry chains or traction tires, and be prepared to use them, if you plan to cross the Cascades during the next few days.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 5”, a loss of 1” since yesterday; an overall loss of 2″ during the past seven days.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 0”/6”/Closed
Willamette Pass 0”/3”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/17”/Opens November 24th
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/8”/Tubing Hill open weekends
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/13”/Closed
Timberline 0”/7”/Palmer Lift open this weekend

Marine: S winds are already 20-25 knots this morning with lumpy seas 11 feet at 12 seconds. As of 7:00am, Depoe Bay WON GALEbar is closed to recreational vessels 34 feet and less, and to uninspected passenger vessels 28 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 22 feet and less. A Gale Warning is in effect from 10:00am this morning through this evening. S winds rising to 35-40 knots gusting to 50 and rough combined seas building to 13 feet at 12 seconds this afternoon. Tonight, SW wind 30-35 knots gusting 45, easing after midnight to 15-25 knots; seas cresting near 20 feet, but subsiding overnight. It’ll still be darned snotty again tomorrow with a westerly breeze of 20-25 knots gusting 30 and square seas around 14 feet. Outlook is for SW winds 20-25 knots on Sunday, seas 13 feet. On Monday and Tuesday, southerlies continue, but lighter at 10-20 knots, along with swells of 10-12 feet and 4-6 foot windwaves.

On the Beach… Rainy and very windy, surf 10-14 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches today. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during this morning’s high tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
* Tides
11/21 Fri 10:39 AM 9.19 H
11/21 Fri 05:32 PM -0.58 L
11/22 Sat 12:06 AM 7.22 H
11/22 Sat 05:12 AM 2.95 L

In Short: Heavy rain and high winds, then more rain but less wind.

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