Saturday, November 7th – Lincoln County
Summary: Autumn was in a really good mood yesterday giving us tee-shirt weather during the first week of November. The mercury climbed to 60F or a smidge above, skies were mostly sunny and the wind was a light also-ran. Sun-setters perched atop headlands and sat on beach logs to watch the bright ball drop into the sea with its concomitant hiss. Skies were clear most of the night, too, with low temps in the upper-40s. The first sign of an Autumn mood swing manifested itself around 3:00am this morning when some high clouds slipped in. By dawn, it was completely overcast and a southerly wind blew 5-10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 61F/50F
Depoe Bay: 62F/47F
Forecast: Autumn shows her other side today with a temper tantrum. The symptoms? A gale warning offshore, snow in the Cascades, and a wet and windy day here on the Central Coast. We could see up to a half inch of rain and sou’westers 20-25 mph gusting 35 or more. The steady rain turns to showers tonight and tomorrow, maybe even a thunderstorm if Autumn really blows her top. Outlook is for mood swings all week beginning on Monday with a chance of showers and partial clearing, dry and some sunshine Tuesday, rain likely Veterans Day, a chance of rain Thursday, and back to rain likely on Friday. Highs of 55F, lows of 45F.
Travel: A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for snow expected on the Cascade highway passes Sunday into Monday. A strong cold front will sweep across the region later today, bringing much colder air to the high country. Snow levels will be near 7,000 feet today, but will lower to near 4,000 feet later tonight. Snow levels will then hover between 3,000 and 4,000 feet Sunday and Monday. Snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches at and above the passes seems reasonable for late tonight with another 2 to 6 inches of snow for Sunday through Sunday night. 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 near 40F; rainy and windy today, 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting rain, breezy, the thermometer rising to 55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light west winds, high of 60F. For the Cascades, spots of ice this morning, temps are 30-35F; rain today, the snow level is 7,500 feet. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet roads at the lower elevations, but snow tonight through tomorrow night in the Cascade passes, accumulations 2-6 inches, 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: A big change from yesterday’s benign conditions this morning as S winds are blowing 20-25 knots with choppy 6 foot swells/windwaves. A Gale Warning is in effect through this afternoon for S winds rising to 25-30 knots gusting 35 and combined seas building to 9 feet. Tonight, W winds 5-10 knots gusting 15 and swells 9 feet at 17 seconds. SW winds tomorrow, 5-10 knots gusting 15, with swells around 10 feet. Outlook is for a light N breeze 5 knots on Monday, southerlies 10-15 knots Tuesday, and W winds 10-15 knots on Wednesday; swells 9-11 feet through midweek. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rainy, very 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.
11/07 Sat 09:21 AM 7.61 H
11/07 Sat 03:47 PM 1.39 L
11/07 Sat 09:52 PM 6.43 H
11/08 Sun 03:35 AM 2.0 L
In Short: Wet & windy, showers, then partial clearing and unsettled.