Saturday, Nov. 21st – Lincoln County
Summary: The first classic cool-air Winter set-up of the season developed yesterday giving us sunshine, high temperatures barely making 50F and east winds gusting into the 30s. With cold high pressure east of the Cascades, the easterly wind flow really started ramping-up overnight howling through the Gorge with gusts approaching 75 mph and lighter breezes leaking through the mountains to the Central Coast. The mercury dipped into the low-40s early this morning with Depoe Bay dropping to just 35F. At dawn, skies were clear, the east winds continued and it was chilly.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust…
Lincoln City: 52F/42F/23mph
Depoe Bay: 51F/35F/28mph
Forecast: Look for mainly clear skies through tomorrow with highs about 55F and lows of 35F. The east winds are expected to continue gusting 25-30 mph today but subside tonight and tomorrow. Outlook is for a weather system to come in Monday producing showers lasting into Tuesday evening when another round of cold air arrives, leaving an outside possibility of a snow shower before the air dries out on Wednesday. High temps around 45F and lows near the freezing mark are expected.
Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend… Clear and cold for Turkey Day through Sunday.
Travel: In the Coast Range, possible icy spots this morning, temperatures near 30F; mostly sunny, breezy today and 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly sunny skies, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for sunshine, east winds gusting 40 mph or more (there has already been a gust to 74 mph at Crown Point), high of 45F. For the Cascades, the highways have icy areas this morning, temperatures about 25F; mostly sunny and windy today, the free air freezing level is 9,000 feet, carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is morning frosty patches but otherwise dry pavement and breezy for all of Northwest Oregon with the Cascades freezing level at 10,000 feet.
NOTE: Those planning to travel across the Coast Range, the Cascade foothills, or along I-5 south of Eugene to the California border during Thanksgiving Week should be ready for wintry travel conditions.
Marine: The breeze is ENE 5-10 knots this morning and seas are 4 feet at 9 seconds. For today and tonight, NW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 with mixed swells/windwaves 4-5 feet. The wind veers to SW 5-15 knots tomorrow, swells 4 feet. Outlook is for northerlies 15-20 knots Monday, swells 7 feet, and then winds rising to gale force 25-30 knots gusting 35 Monday night with combined seas building to 15 feet, N winds 20-25 knots Tuesday, swells 16 feet, and NE winds 15-20 knots with 9 foot swells on Wednesday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Sunny, breezy, surf 2-4 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/21 Sat 08:01 AM 8.44 H
11/21 Sat 02:24 PM 1.57 L
11/21 Sat 08:29 PM 6.91 H
11/22 Sun 02:16 AM 1.63 L
In Short: Mainly clear, gusty east winds, then showers, drying, cold and clear.