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Sunday, Nov. 30th – Lincoln County

Summary: A mix yesterday of showers, sunshine and brisk northwest winds.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 48F/34F/32mph/<0.01” Depoe Bay: 47F/30F/22mph/0.01” Newport: 46F/32F/31mph/0.02” Waldport: 47F/30F/33mph/0.42” Yachats: 49F/33F/36mph/0.58” Forecast: Sunny and chilly today with high temps around 45F and east winds 15-20 mph gusting 25 or so. Things change again tonight as clouds arrive from an approaching weather system, lows fall to 35-40F and moderate east winds continue. Tomorrow, WON SUNNYwhile much of Western Oregon may be iced-over with freezing rain, it looks like the Central Coast will escape the Winter weather threat. We’ll more than likely just get regular ol’ rain and the mercury climbing to 45-50F. Outlook is for rain Monday night, showers Tuesday and Wednesday, rain likely Thursday, and a chance of rain Friday and Saturday. Expect seasonal temperatures through the period with highs 50-55F and lows of 40-45F.

Holiday Travel: If you’re headin’ home from the holiday weekend today, driving conditions should be reasonable; if you wait until tomorrow, not so much.

* The Coast Range has temperatures well below freezing this morning with spots of ice on the highways. Mostly sunny and clear today, highs of 35-40F. There’s a good chance of freezing rain after midnight tonight and into tomorrow morning.

* The Willamette Valley should be mostly sunny and windy with icy spots early today; high temps rise to just 35-40F. Freezing rain is predicted to begin late Sunday night and continue into Monday morning.

* The Columbia River Gorge will have cold east winds today with spots of ice; high of 30F. Increasing clouds tonight, then a mix of snow, rain and freezing rain tomorrow.

* The Cascades are cold this morning (in the teens) and highways are covered with packed snow and black ice. Carry chains or traction tires. Cold, sunny and breezy today with areas of ice and snow on the pavement. Expect rain, snow and freezing rain beginning tonight and lasting through tomorrow afternoon; the snow level will be around 3,000 feet and 3-6” of new snow is projected.

Cascades Snow Pack: Currently 14”, a gain of 7” since yesterday; an overall gain of 1” during the past seven days.

Ski Report – New Snow/Base/Condition…
Hoodoo 2”/4”/Closed
Willamette Pass 2”/6”/Closed
Mt. Bachelor 2”/27”/Open, all lifts, powder, packed powder
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 6”/8”/Open, Tubing Hill
Mt. Hood Meadows 3”/12”/Open, Buttercup lift and Rail Park
Timberline 7”/17”/Open, Bruno’s and Pucci lifts only

Marine: Seas have subsided but they’re still choppy, 7 feet at 7 seconds this morning, and winds are NE 10-15 knots WON SCAgusting 20. As of 8:00am, Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars are unrestricted. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. Nor’easters are expected today, 20-25 knots with seas 9 feet at 10 seconds early, falling to 5 feet this afternoon. Tonight, E winds 15-20 knots gusting 25, easing after midnight, seas 5 feet. For tomorrow’s opening of the commercial crab season, a NE breeze 5-10 knots gusting to 15, a 4 foot swell and 2 foot windwaves. Outlook is for NE winds on Tuesday, 15-25 knots and seas 4 feet. Light southerlies return on Wednesday with a chance of another blow Thursday; swells of 4-7 feet are projected for the week.

On the Beach… Sunny, chilly, breezy, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
11/30 Sun 01:09 PM 1.99 L
11/30 Sun 06:59 PM 6.52 H
12/01 Mon 12:53 AM 1.49 L
12/01 Mon 07:37 AM 8.85 H

In Short: Clear, cool, windy, then rainy and warmer.

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