Sunday, Nov. 22nd – Lincoln County
Summary: Clear skies yesterday, sporadic east winds, average high 55F, low 40F.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 55F/44F
Depoe Bay: 55F/35F
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for the first significant cold snap of the season expected to arrive Monday night and Tuesday. The cold air will follow a sharp cold front which is predicted to move across Northwest Oregon Monday evening. Below normal temperatures are projected to linger well into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Snow levels will start off between 4,000 and 5,000 feet ahead of the front Monday, then plummet to around 1,500 feet as showers continue in the cold air behind the front Monday night and Tuesday. This is low enough to affect some Coast Range passes as well as the Cascade foothills. While snowfall amounts will vary, early Thanksgiving travelers planning a trip across the Coast Range or into the Cascades should be prepared for winter travel conditions. Accumulating snow could also affect portions of I-5 south of Eugene Tuesday and Tuesday night. Showers will taper off late Tuesday night as cold high pressure builds into the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures are expected to fall quickly Tuesday night, possibly causing icy conditions for all elevations across Northwest Oregon. Cold and blustery weather will follow, continuing well into the Thanksgiving weekend. Temperatures may struggle to rise above 40F for the lowlands, with windchills dipping into the teens and 20s for many areas. East winds are expected to become strong through the Columbia Gorge, with gusty winds possibly affecting the Portland Metro area by Thanksgiving Day and continuing for a good portion of the holiday weekend.
Forecast: Today should be another fairly nice one, but clouds from an approaching weather system will continue to thicken. Look for a high of 55F and gusty east winds. Overcast skies tonight with patchy drizzle and lows near 40F. Rain and moderate southwest winds develop tomorrow, high again about 55F. Outlook is for showers on Tuesday. Then everything depends on timing for Tuesday night as showers will still be likely just as cold air starts wedging into our area; this combination could result in some mixed rain and snow followed by icy conditions as temps drop to freezing. Sunny and cool Wednesday with a high of 45F.
Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend… Clear, cold and breezy.
Travel: In the Coast Range, some icy spots and freezing fog this morning, temperatures near 30F; mostly sunny, light winds today and 45-50F. Valley destinations are expecting mostly sunny skies, the thermometer rising to 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly sunny, east winds gusting 20-25 mph, highs of 40-45F. For the Cascades, the highways have icy areas this morning, temperatures 25-30F; mostly sunny today, the free air freezing level is 11,000 feet, carry chains or traction tires. Outlook for weekend travelers is mainly dry pavement for all of Northwest Oregon through tonight with the Cascades freezing level around 10,000 feet.
Marine: East winds are blowing 10-15 knots against 4 foot swells at 15 seconds this morning. NE winds 10-15 knots occasionally gusting 20-25 early today, easing this afternoon, mixed swells/windwaves 4 feet. Tonight, the breeze backs to NW 5-10 knots with swells building to 7 feet. W winds are expected tomorrow 10-15 knots gusting 20 and swells around 8 feet. Outlook is for a strong gale force nor’wester Monday night 20-25 knots gusting 35 with seas building to 12 feet, NW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 on Tuesday, rough seas 18 feet at 12 seconds, and then E to NE winds 15-20 knots Wednesday and Thursday with seas subsiding from 9 feet to 5 feet. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Partly 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.
11/22 Sun 08:51 AM 9.02 H
11/22 Sun 03:21 PM 0.52 L
11/22 Sun 09:37 PM 7.27 H
11/23 Mon 03:12 AM 1.84 L
In Short: Increasing clouds, rain, showers, then dry, cold and clear.