Saturday, Nov. 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s storm really packed a wallop. It was a classic fast-moving Autumn tempest with vigorous southwest winds and buckets of rain. The peak wind gust in our Central Coast communities was at Yachats where the anemometer spun-up to 63 mph. Other top gusts in the area were 70 mph on the Yaquina Bay Bridge, 82 mph at Sea Lion Caves, 90 mph atop Mary’s Peak in the Coast Range east of Newport, and the highest recorded in Oregon was 123 mph on the south side of Mt. Hood. Locally, thermometers homed-in on 60F and total precipitation amounts were up to an inch and a half. The breeze and rain reached their zenith in the late afternoon and began trailing off through the evening. It was basically all over by midnight. This morning, the southwest wind had fallen to 10-15 mph, it was mostly cloudy, foggy in spots, showery and temps were in the low-50s.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/53F/46mph/1.50”
Depoe Bay: 58F/52F/58mph/1.42”
Forecast: While the storm has passed, we’re not out of the wet woods just yet. The breeze will be considerably lighter today at 15-20 mph but gusting to 30 mph in heavy showers and possible thunderstorms; high about 55F. Tonight, look for a continued threat of showers and a chance of thunderstorms, light winds and the mercury dipping to around 45F. Rain is likely again tomorrow as another front comes in with sou’westers 15-20 mph gusting 30 or better and high temps again of 55F. Outlook is for mostly cloudy skies and a 50-50 chance of showers/rain during the week ahead including the holiday period Thursday through Sunday.
Thanksgiving Day… Chance of showers, high 55F, low 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, showers 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 showers and highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for 5-10 inches of snow on the highways through tomorrow. There are already numerous areas of snow and ice on the pavement this morning; the snow level is at 3,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is showers and wet pavement at the lower elevations, but significant snowfall on the Cascade highways continuing tonight and tomorrow. Carry chains or traction tires, and be prepared to use them, if you plan to cross the Cascades.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 3”, a loss of 2” since yesterday; an overall loss of 4″ during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/3”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/15”/Opens Monday
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/6”/Tubing Hill open today and tomorrow
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/11”/Closed today, possible opening tomorrow
Timberline 0”/6”/Bruno’s Lift open today, limited terrain
Marine: The breeze is down to SW 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 this morning and seas are square 10 footers at 10 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational vessels, and to uninspected passenger vessels 36 feet and less. Yaquina Bay bar is closed to recreational vessels 34 feet and less at Buoy 7. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in place until late tonight. Winds veering to westerly 15-20 knots gusting 25 today along with very rough seas 13 feet at 13 seconds, and there’s a chance of thunderstorms. Tonight, expect a SW breeze 15 knots occasionally gusting to 25 and seas hovering around 13 feet. Another front pushes through tomorrow bringing sou’westers 20-25 knots with rough square seas remaining around 13 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 15-25 knots through Wednesday and seas slowly subsiding from 12 to 8 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 12 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.
11/22 Sat 11:15 AM 9.43 H
11/22 Sat 06:11 PM -0.96 L
11/23 Sun 12:49 AM 7.39 H
11/23 Sun 05:53 AM 3.07 L
In Short: Showers, possible thunderstorms, moderate wind, then showers.