Monday, Nov. 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: The heaviest rain yesterday skirted the Central Coast both north and south of us, leaving behind only a couple of hundredths of an inch here. By contrast, Pacific City received nearly an inch as did stations in Northern California. Southwest winds were mainly 15-25 mph with a few higher gusts. Newport recorded the strongest wind and most rainfall. Scattered clouds, minimal showers and a few sunbreaks were the rule throughout the daylight hours. High temps were in the upper-50s. Skies slowly cleared through the late evening and overnight with lows dropping to around 50F. This morning, patchy fog and a red-sky sunrise kicked off the day, winds were light out of the southeast and it was hazy along the beach.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/50F/24mph/<0.01”
Depoe Bay: 56F/49F/29mph/0.02”
Forecast: The brief lull will include some sunbreaks early today but is probably going to end after lunchtime when another round of rain is anticipated to develop. We could see up to a quarter of an inch of precipitation, along with a southerly breeze 10-15 mph gusting to about 20 and high temps around 55F. More rain and moderate south winds tonight, low of 50F. Rain ending and cooler tomorrow; after a high of 55F early in the day, the mercury drops to 50F or so during the afternoon.
Thanksgiving Holiday Period… Wednesday looks dry with patchy fog, but rain returns on Turkey Day and remains likely through Sunday, high 50-55F, lows around 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, rain likely with 50-55F. Valley destinations are also expecting rain and highs of 50-55F. For the Cascades, a chance of rain; the snow level is at 5,500 feet. Highway passes have spots of ice this morning. Carry chains or traction tires.
Outlook for holiday travelers… Foggy conditions Wednesday night, then rainy with wet pavement at the lower elevations Thanksgiving Day through Sunday night. Cascade highways should be just wet until Saturday night when the snow level drops to 3,000 feet and remains below pass levels through Sunday night; snow is quite possible.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 15”, a gain of 2” since yesterday; an overall gain of 9″ during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/6”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/23”/Season opening today
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 6”/18”/Closed
Mt. Hood Meadows 10”/19”/Opens Friday
Marine: Winds are light this morning, E 10 knots near shore and S 10-15 knots offshore; seas remain rough, 10 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar is closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. Yaquina Bay bar is closed at Buoy 7 to recreational vessels 40 feet and less. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for winds goes into effect at 10:00am this morning and is in place through this evening. S winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 today with westerly swells 10 feet at 13 seconds and 6 foot windwaves. Tonight and tomorrow, expect sou’westers 15-20 knots and seas mellowing to 8-9 feet at 13-14 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 15-20 knots and 7 foot seas on Wednesday, then another weather system with southerlies 20-25 knots gusting 30 is projected to arrive Wednesday night and last into Thursday; seas building to 10 feet. SW wind 10-15 knots on Friday, with seas holding near 10 feet.
On the Beach… Rain later, breezy, surf 9-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/24 Mon 12:35 PM 9.47 H
11/24 Mon 07:34 PM -1.23 L
11/25 Tue 02:20 AM 7.54 H
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In Short: Rain developing, moderate winds, then showers/rain.