Wednesday, Nov. 11th – Lincoln County
Summary: Yesterday’s early morning fog evaporated by 10:00am and skies were a mix of sunshine and scattered clouds the rest of the day. The mercury rose to the mid-50s after a chilly morning in the upper-30s. Overcast began filling in after sunset and the latest weather front arrived around midnight, southerly winds quickly jumped to 20-25 mph gusting into the 30s and the predicted rain began at 2:00am. Precipitation amounts were about on projections at a half inch. Then, as quickly as the storm began, it ended abruptly at dawn; the breeze veered to a light northwesterly, bright spots appeared in the overcast and the rain stopped.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/42F/27mph/0.43”
Depoe Bay: 54F/37F/33mph/0.44”
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for significant rainfall possible Thursday night through the weekend over much of the area. A mild and very moist front will stall over Southwest Washington and far Northwest Oregon Thursday night through Friday night before moving south through the remainder of Northwest Oregon Saturday and Saturday night. Sharp rises are possible on area rivers, including smaller streams and creeks. Ponding of water on the roadways may lead to the potential for localized flooding. With leaves falling from trees, clogged drains may contribute to flooding as well. The heaviest rain is expected over the Willapa Hills and the South Washington Coast Thursday night and Friday where 24 hour rainfall totals between 2 and 5 inches are possible. The North Oregon Coast and Coast Range can expect around 1 to 3 inches of rain during this time period. A cold front will then produce heavy rain as it moves south across the remainder of Northwest Oregon Saturday and Saturday night. Rain rates for areas north of Salem may be comparable to what was observed on Halloween. Areas south of Salem should have lighter rain rates with lower rainfall totals. However, there is still some uncertainty on the location, timing and amount of rain, so the details of this event may change over the next couple of days.
Forecast: For Veterans Day, as a thank you to all who’ve served, Old Glory will be drying out with only a slight chance of showers early, then sunshine, light winds and a high of 55F this afternoon. Patchy dense fog and mostly cloudy tonight, low 40-45F. Tomorrow, mainly overcast with dense fog possible in the morning, and then a chance of rain by late afternoon, high about 55F. Outlook is for rainy and windy Friday through Sunday, the rain could be heavy at times, then a chance of rain Monday, and back to rain likely on Tuesday. Normal November temperatures are expected with highs of 50-55F and lows of 45-50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the passes this morning with temperatures near 45F; a chance of showers today and 50F. Valley destinations are expecting showers, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain turning to showers, west winds gusting 20 mph, a high of 55F. For the Cascades, there are icy spots and light snow cover on the highways, temps are 30-32F; rain and snow showers likely, 1-3 inch accumulation today, the snow level is below the passes at 4,000 feet, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: The latest front has passed and southerlies have veered to the NW 15-20 knots this morning, seas are 7 feet at 10 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow morning. NW winds today 15-20 knots gusting 25, easing a little this afternoon, with swells building from 7 feet to steep and square 11 footers at 11 seconds. Tonight, westerlies 5 knots and seas 11 feet at 12 seconds. Southerly winds begin rising again tomorrow to 20-25 knots late in the day, swells 10 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 on Friday, rough seas 15-20 feet at 16 seconds, W wind 20-25 knots Saturday, swells 16 feet, and then NW winds 10-15 knots and swells subsiding to 11 feet Sunday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Patchy fog, mostly cloudy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* High surf conditions are expected Friday and Saturday.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/11 Wed 05:25 AM 2.69 L
11/11 Wed 11:33 AM 8.70 H
11/11 Wed 06:09 PM -0.25 L
11/12 Thu 12:41 AM 7.41 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, drying, light winds, patchy dense fog, then becoming wet & windy.