Saturday, Nov. 14th – Lincoln County
Summary: We dodged the bullet on the latest storm system’s impacts yesterday. While it was a little breezy and wet at times locally, the brunt of the weather came ashore well north of the Central Coast. The highest rainfall recorded in Oregon was 4.12” at Astoria, while Abernathy Mountain in Washington’s Willapa Hills had the most in the Northwest at 7.93”. Because of the northern trajectory, Lincoln City was again clipped by the southern edge of the storm and picked-up over half an inch of precipitation. While the southerly winds continued unabated, rainfall was sparse overnight and remained spotty at daybreak.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/57F/33mph/0.59”
Depoe Bay: 57F/55F/37mph/0.19”
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for breezy conditions across Northwest Oregon today. Winds are expected to pick up this morning and peak this afternoon. Wind gusts of 45-55 mph along the coast are expected. In addition to being noticeably breezy, these winds may bring down tree branches or isolated weakened trees. Also, heavy rain will continue over parts of the area through tonight. For the Coast Range, heavy rain may cause minor flooding on small streams and ponding of water in low-lying areas.
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for snow in the Cascade passes, Cascade foothills and the Coast Range Sunday and Monday. Snow levels will lower to the Cascade highway passes Sunday morning and down to around 2,000 feet Sunday afternoon. Snow accumulations could be heavy enough at times to produce periods of hazardous driving conditions. The Cascades and higher elevations within the foothills could see 10 to 13 inches of snow over a 36 hour period from Sunday morning through Monday afternoon. The higher elevations of the Coast Range can expect 3 to 5 inches of snow and up to 20 inches is possible for the higher elevations of the Cascades. This remains as a dynamic situation with amounts and timing subject to change.
Forecast: Wind, not rain, will be the bigger issue today as southerlies rise to 30-35 mph gusting 55 by this afternoon. Rainfall is expected to be around a quarter of an inch. Tonight, however, the rain could be heavy at times producing up to an inch while the breeze stays strong with gusts over 50 mph still possible. It’ll be cooler, too, as lows dip to 40-45F. Showers and maybe a thunderstorm are on tap for tomorrow, highs near 50F, and northwest winds 15-25 mph gusting 35. Outlook is for showers with heavy precipitation amounts on Monday, rain Tuesday, and then a chance of showers Wednesday through Friday. Temperatures a bit lower with highs of 50-55F and lows of 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the passes this morning with temperatures near 50F; a chance of rain, breezy today and 55-60F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of rain, windy, the thermometer rising to 60F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, southwest winds gusting 20 mph, a high of 60F. For the Cascades, the highways are wet, temps 35-45F; a 50-50 chance of rain, the snow level is 8,000 feet decreasing to 6,500 feet this afternoon. Outlook for weekend travelers is windy and rainy in all of Northwest Oregon but a plummeting snow level, dropping well below the Cascade highway passes by tomorrow morning, accompanied by considerable snowfall of 3-7 inches, which could make driving in the mountains hazardous through tomorrow night; carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: S winds are blowing 25-35 knots this morning with seas 18-19 feet at 16 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through Sunday morning. Southerlies rising to 30-35 knots gusting 45-50 knots with very rough combined seas 20 feet at 16 seconds. Seas and breeze subsiding a little by late tonight to S 25-30 knots gusting 45, seas 18 feet at 14 seconds. Tomorrow, NW winds 25 knots gusting 30 and extremely rough combined seas 22 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for SW winds 15-25 knots Monday through Wednesday with swells 11-14 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Some rain, very breezy, surf 12-18 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf today, especially around high tide. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
11/14 Sat 07:14 AM 3.32 L
11/14 Sat 01:12 PM 8.62 H
11/14 Sat 07:57 PM -0.43 L
11/15 Sun 02:44 AM 7.35 H
In Short: Rain likely, strong winds, heavy rain, then continued wet.