Wednesday, Nov. 18th – Lincoln County
Summary: The National Weather Service initially issued a High Wind Watch yesterday morning, but then for some reason canceled it just before the wind came up. It was a pretty good blow with gusts to 50 mph along the Central Coast. The highest blast in the area was 76 mph on Mary’s Peak east of Newport in the Coast Range. Rainfall totals weren’t all that impressive as the main part of the moisture plume once again deluged the North Coast; Lincoln City was right on the southern edge of the storm and picked up a half inch. The rain and wind faded away after midnight and conditions were still relatively benign at daybreak.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/46F/51mph/0.51”
Depoe Bay: 57F/44F/43mph/0.06”
A Flood Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for portions of Northwest Oregon including the Central Coast, in effect from this evening through Thursday morning. A moist frontal system will produce heavy rain tonight and tomorrow morning with an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain expected. Rivers and small streams will rise in response to the rain. Some of the quicker responding rivers, especially the ones that had rises with the previous rain, may exceed bank-full or flood stage and cause minor flooding. Heavy rain may cause ponding or minor flooding on the roads, low lying areas and places impacted by clogged drains.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Landslides and debris flows are possible during this flood event. People, structures and roads located below steep slopes, in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk from rapidly moving landslides. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
Forecast: While the early part of today will be a nice break from the stormy weather, the next system rolls in this afternoon with heavy rain and blustery winds gusting into the 30s. Unlike the past few days, this storm is coming ashore farther south and may produce some fairly heavy rain in our area. As noted in the Flood Watch above, we could see a couple inches in the rain gauges. Expect the rain to continue tomorrow along with nor’westers 30 mph or so. Outlook is for partly sunny Friday, mostly sunny Saturday and Sunday, a chance of rain Monday, and then rain likely Tuesday. Expect seasonal mercury readings in the near term but slowly cooling next week.
Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend… The long-term, ten-day outlook shows cold air moving in with temperatures near freezing and even some snow showers possible Turkey Day and Friday.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s wet pavement on the passes this morning with patchy fog, temperatures near 40F; a chance of showers today and 55F, a Flood Watch is in effect for tonight. Valley destinations are expecting a slight chance of showers, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a possible showers, light west winds, high of 50F. For the Cascades, the highways have spots of ice and roadside snow this morning, chains are required for Timberline Road, temp 30F; rain and snow showers today, the snow level is 3,500 feet, carry chains or traction tires, a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect tonight for 5-10 inches of snow in the passes.
Marine: The breeze has faded to nearly nothing this morning, NW 5-10 knots, but seas are still rough 14 footers at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. A Gale Warning is in effect from this evening through tomorrow morning. NW winds today 5-10 knots backing to SW this afternoon, swells 14 feet subsiding to 13 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, SW winds 25-30 knots gusting 40 with square seas 11 feet at 11 seconds. The breeze veers to NW 15-20 knots gusting 30 tomorrow and seas remain lumpy, 10 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for northerlies 10-20 knots Friday through Sunday with swells 6 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, light breeze, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/18 Wed 10:46 AM 3.70 L
11/18 Wed 04:33 PM 7.16 H
11/18 Wed 11:13 PM 0.73 L
11/19 Thu 06:12 AM 7.52 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, heavy rain developing, windy, then drying and clearing.