Friday, November 6th – Lincoln County
Summary: It did finally clear off completely yesterday, however that didn’t occur until the Sun was put away for the night. Daytime featured a mixed sky, a little heavier on clouds than clearing, very little wind and highs in the upper-50s. Some patchy fog and haze blanketed the beaches for a while in the late evening and on through midnight, but by early morning a sliver of waning crescent Moon along with Jupiter and Mars graced the black sky; lows dipped into the upper-40s. At dawn, it was mainly cloud-free with an east wind wafting along at 5-10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 58F/51F
Depoe Bay: 56F/47F
Forecast: This will be another day inside the brackets with storms on either side. Look for sun and clouds today, dry and a high near 60F. Increasing clouds are expected tonight, lows about 50F. Tomorrow we’re back outside the protective brackets as another storm system barrels in with up to an inch of rain and sou’westers 20-25 mph gusting 35 or better. Outlook is for showers and possible thunderstorms on Sunday, showers likely Monday, partly sunny and dry Tuesday, then rain likely again Wednesday and Thursday. Average Autumn mercury readings are projected all week, highs of 55F and lows of 45F.
Travel: A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for snow expected on the Cascades highway passes later this weekend. A strong cold front will push across the region on Saturday. Then, much colder air moves in Saturday night and Sunday with snow levels near 4,000 feet on Sunday through Monday. Snow showers are expected Sunday through Monday. Snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches at the passes seems reasonable for Sunday through Monday. Those with travel plans over the Cascades should be prepared for snow covered roadways and potential hazardous driving conditions Sunday into Monday.
In the Coast Range, there’s bare pavement on the highways this morning with pass temperatures 40-45F; partly to mostly cloudy today and 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting partly to mostly sunny skies, the thermometer rising to 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for partly sunny, light west-southwest winds, high of 60F. For the Cascades, spots of ice this morning, temps are 30-35F; partly sunny today, the free air freezing level is 8,000 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet roads at the lower elevations, but snow by tomorrow night in the Cascades, carry chains or traction tires.
NOTE: The Oregon Department of Transportation has a special website for travelers. It features winter driving tips, tire/chain regulations, Sno-Park info, a downloadable Winter Driving Guide brochure, and more. Click here before you hit the road.
Marine: The breeze is SSE 10 knots this morning with swells 5-6 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory goes into effect tonight and runs through tomorrow afternoon. Today, winds becoming S 10-15 knots with seas 6 feet. Southerly winds increase tonight to 20-25 knots, choppy swells 6 feet. Tomorrow, S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 with mixed swells/windwaves 6 feet. Outlook is for a SW breeze 5-10 knots Sunday and swells building to 12 feet, NW wind 5-10 knots Monday, swells 11 feet, and S winds on Tuesday with swells about 9 feet. Another storm system may impact local waters on Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds and sunshine, light breeze, surf 5-7 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/06 Fri 08:44 AM 7.32 H
11/06 Fri 03:04 PM 2.04 L
11/06 Fri 08:59 PM 6.21 H
11/07 Sat 02:53 AM 1.85 L
In Short: Mixed sky, wet & windy, showers, then unsettled.