Saturday, Nov. 29th – Lincoln County
Summary: It was breezy and rather wet yesterday for Black Friday shoppers.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/45F/42mph/0.84”
Depoe Bay: 57F/44F/45mph/0.35”
Forecast: A cool show is on the bill today for Small Business Saturday shoppers with showers as the opening act, the Sun makes cameo appearances throughout the day, the wind exits stage-left and the mercury turns in a nippy performance as highs bow-out at 45F. Tonight, the second act will be coldly received as the thermometer drops to 30-32F under mostly clear skies. The finale tomorrow includes an east wind theme, 10-15 mph gusting 20, and the curtain falls with increasing clouds. Outlook is for rain on Monday, high 48F and a light easterly breeze. Showers are likely Tuesday and Wednesday, and regular rain returns to the stage sometime Thursday.
* The Coast Range has temperatures near freezing this morning, so spots of ice are possible on the highways. There’s a chance of rain and snow showers today; the snow level is at 1,000 feet, just above the summits. Cold tonight, lows 25-30F, with areas of ice. Mostly sunny and clear tomorrow albeit cold enough in the morning hours for spots of ice.
* The Willamette Valley may get a rain/snow mix today but little if any accumulation on the pavement. Icy areas tonight as temps drop into the 20s. Sunny and windy with possible icy spots tomorrow. Freezing rain is expected to begin late Sunday night and continue into Monday. SPECIAL NOTE: Due to the Beavers/Ducks Civil War football game today, there’ll be heavier than normal traffic on I-5 between Portland and Eugene, congestion on Highway 34 from I-5 to Corvallis, and plugged streets especially near OSU’s Reser Stadium.
* The Columbia River Gorge will have strong, cold east winds today and rain/snow showers, high about 45F. Partly cloudy, cold and windy with spots of ice tonight and tomorrow. Rain, snow or freezing rain is likely tomorrow night.
* The Cascades are cold this morning and highways are covered with packed snow. Chains or traction tires are required on Highway 26 at Government Camp; carry chains or traction tires if you plan to cross Santiam Pass on Highway 20 or Willamette Pass on Highway 58. Another 1-3 inches of snow is possible on Cascade highways today. Cold and breezy tomorrow with areas of ice. Additional snow showers are predicted for Sunday night into Monday. The snow level remains below the passes at 2,500 feet.
Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 7”, a gain of 2” since yesterday; an overall gain of 4” during the past seven days.
Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Willamette Pass 0”/6”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 14”/29”/Open, limited terrain
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 4”/6”/Tubing Hill open
Mt. Hood Meadows has not reported
Timberline 3”/10”/Open, Bruno lift only
Marine: As anticipated, the breeze has veered to the NW this morning and is blowing 20-30 knots with very rough seas 11-12 feet at 9 seconds. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay bar has not reported. Yaquina Bay bar is closed at Buoy 7 to all recreational and uninspected passenger vessels. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect until noon today. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this afternoon. NW winds 20-25 knots should be easing to 10-15 knots later today, but seas stay square, 10 feet at 10 seconds. Tonight, the breeze veers to NE and rises to 20-25 knots after midnight; seas are expected to subside to 8 feet at 11 seconds. NE wind tomorrow 20-25 knots which will flatten seas down to 5 feet. Outlook for the opening of commercial crab season on Monday looks pretty darned good with an easterly breeze of 10-15 knots and a long period swell of just 4 feet. Tuesday and Wednesday, E to SE winds 10-15 knots, seas 6 feet.
On the Beach… Showers, sunbreaks and breezy, surf 10-12 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. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
11/29 Sat 11:54 AM 2.68 L
11/29 Sat 05:34 PM 6.83 H
11/29 Sat 11:53 PM 0.92 L
11/30 Sun 06:45 AM 8.45 H
In Short: Cooler, showers, mixed sky, then sunny, windy and chilly.