Wednesday, Nov. 26th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday was rainy early, foggy later and moderately breezy.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 60F/55F/0.11”
Depoe Bay: 57F/51F/0.08”
Forecast: Foggy this morning, a few sunbreaks then increasing clouds with highs around 60F. The next big change occurs late this afternoon into tonight as a storm moves in packing south winds 25-35 mph gusting to around 50 (near high wind criteria so a warning may be issued later today), and a quarter inch of rain is projected. Windy and rainy conditions are expected for Thanksgiving Day with a high again of 60F. Outlook is for another, albeit wetter, front to arrive hot on the heels of the Turkey Day storm bringing an inch or more of rain on Black Friday. By Saturday we begin a transition to colder weather and start feeling some east wind, high 50F, low near freezing. Partly sunny, east-windy and cool on Sunday with the mercury topping out in the mid-40s.
Travel: In the Coast Range today, foggy, breezy and warm with 60-65F. At 8:00am, Highway 20 was partially blocked by a rockslide a mile west of Eddyville. Valley destinations are expecting areas of fog, partly sunny skies and highs of 60-65F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast is partly sunny with temps near 60F. For the Cascades, partly cloudy; the freezing level is at 11,000 feet.
Outlook for Holiday Travelers… The busiest traffic days of the year are today through Sunday, and it looks like mainly wet pavement and warm conditions everywhere in Northwest Oregon, at least to start with. You can easily get over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house, but getting back later in the weekend is going to be sketchy. Cold air is expected to begin funneling in through the Cascades and Gorge late Friday night with rapidly falling temperatures. Icy patches may develop on Coast Range and Cascade highways. Icy conditions in the Gorge and snow in the Cascades is projected to last from Saturday through Monday. Carry chains or traction tires, and be prepared to use them. By the way, if you plan to drive to or through Portland, ODOT advises that the worst (non-weather related) place to travel in Oregon during the holiday period is on I-5 northbound from the Macadam Avenue exit to the Interstate Bridge (exits 299 to 308); that 10-mile stretch, which would normally take 11 minutes without traffic, will instead take nearly an hour.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 7”, a loss of 6” since yesterday; an overall gain of 1″ during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/6”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 0”/19”/Open, packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 0”/15”/Tubing Hill open Thu-Sun
Mt. Hood Meadows 0”/13”/Open Fri-Sun
Timberline 0”/10”/May open Friday
Marine: Light ESE winds near shore this morning, but S 10-15 knots offshore; seas are 6 feet at 12 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this afternoon when it will be upgraded to a Gale Warning. S winds rising through the day reaching 20-25 knots gusting 30 by this afternoon and windwaves building to 7 feet on a 6 foot swell. Tonight, the southerly breeze increases further to 25-30 knots with gusts to 35 and combined rough seas 13 feet at 10 seconds. For tomorrow and tomorrow night, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 with seas 10-12 feet at 12-14 seconds. Outlook for the commercial crabbing season presoak period beginning on Friday is for W wind 10-15 knots gusting 20, seas 10 feet at 13 seconds. Saturday, N wind 15-20 knots, seas 7 feet. And for Sunday, it looks like a switch to E winds 15-20 knots with seas subsiding to 5 feet.
On the Beach… Fog, sun and clouds, becoming breezy, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/26 Wed 08:20 AM 3.33 L
11/26 Wed 02:10 PM 8.75 H
11/26 Wed 09:07 PM -0.74 L
11/27 Thu 04:02 AM 7.66 H
In Short: Fog, mixed sky, windy later, stormy, then colder by weekend.