Sunday, Nov. 15th – Lincoln County
Summary: Southerly winds topped 50 mph and rainfall totals were between a half and a full inch along the Central Coast during the past 24 hours. The heaviest rain and highest wind gusts came overnight as a cold front arrived, though there was a decent breeze and moderate precipitation during the daylight hours yesterday. It was fairly warm as highs neared 60F, stayed in the upper 50s throughout the evening, and then dipped into the 40s after midnight. At dawn there were some hefty showers rolling through and the wind was out of the northwest at 10-25 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/47F/46mph/1.00”
Depoe Bay: 58F/45F/43mph/0.50”
Forecast: A cool, unstable atmosphere is expected to produce showers today and possibly a thunderstorm with the mercury having its work cut out trying to make 50F. The wind, though from the northwest, could still hit gusts of 40 mph. Showers remain likely overnight, low about 40F. Another storm is tracking our way for tomorrow with rainfall over half an inch and southerly winds returning at 20-30 mph gusting 40. Outlook is for rainy and breezy Tuesday and Wednesday, a chance of showers Thursday and Friday, and then some light at the end of tunnel with partly sunny and drying conditions beginning Saturday. High temps 50-55F, lows 40-45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the passes this morning with temperatures near 40F; showers, breezy today and 45F, the snow level is above the passes at 2,000 feet. Valley destinations are expecting showers, windy, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, west winds gusting 25 mph, a high of 50F.
For the Cascades, the highways have spots of ice, it is snowing at Santiam Pass, temps 30-35F. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Cascades until midnight with snow generally 5 to 10 inches but up to 14 inches possible at the highest elevations. 3 to 6 inches expected for the Cascade highway passes by late this evening; the snow level decreases to 3,000 feet this afternoon, carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is wet and windy in all of Northwest Oregon except snow in the Cascades through tonight.
Marine: The breeze has veered to NNW this morning but is still strong, blowing 25-30 knots gusting 35 and seas are rough 15 footers at 13 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through this evening for NW winds continuing at 25-30 knots gusting 35 with steep seas building to 18 feet at 14 seconds. Tonight, the breeze relaxes to W 10-15 knots after midnight and seas subside a little to 16 feet at 12 seconds. Tomorrow, the wind backs to SW 25-30 knots gusting 40 with rough combined seas 16 feet. Outlook is for sou’westers 20-25 knots gusting 30 on Tuesday, swells 15 feet, and then nor’westers 15-20 knots Wednesday and Thursday, seas slowly falling from 16 to 11 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 12-15 feet (moderate).
* 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.
11/15 Sun 07:54 AM 3.53 L
11/15 Sun 01:49 PM 8.40 H
11/15 Sun 08:38 PM -0.26 L
11/16 Mon 03:30 AM 7.26 H
In Short: Showers, windy, then continued wet and breezy.