Monday, Nov. 23rd – Lincoln County
Summary: About like expected, yesterday was mostly cloudy early with sunshine breaking through in the afternoon. The thermometer made it up to the low-50s and east winds topped out in the teens. Much of the overcast was gone in time for a gorgeous sunset following by the waxing gibbous Moon illuminating the night sky. Low temps dipped into the 30s. Clouds from an approaching weather system began filling in around 2:00am and by daybreak it was generally overcast with some patchy fog and an east wind blowing lightly at 5-10 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low…
Lincoln City: 52F/41F
Depoe Bay: 51F/34F
The Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for the first significant cold snap of the season expected to begin in some areas tonight. The cold air will follow a sharp cold front which is predicted to move across Northwest Oregon this 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 1,500 to 2,000 feet as showers continue in the cold air behind the front tonight 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.
Forecast: Ahead of the cold snap, today should be seasonal as temps rise to 50-55F, winds veer to the southwest 10-15 mph and a chance of rain develops. Rain tonight with a quarter to a half inch possible, and northwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 25. Tomorrow, the Central Coast begins feeling the cooler temperatures as highs of only 45F are predicted along with a few showers and possible thunderstorms. Outlook is for an ever-so-slight chance of a rain/snow mix tomorrow night as the mercury drops to the freezing mark before skies clear completely, and then the seasonally wet weather ends cold turkey and we switch to full-on sunshine Wednesday, high 45F, low 32F.
Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend… Clear, cold and breezy.
Travel: In the Coast Range, some icy spots and freezing fog on the highways this morning, temperatures are just under 30F; mostly cloudy, freezing fog early, light winds today and warming to 45-50F. Valley destinations have a Dense Fog Advisory in effect until 9:00am, then cloudy skies, a chance of rain, the thermometer rising to 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for mostly cloudy, a chance of rain, east winds gusting 20-25 mph, high about 40F. For the Cascades, the highways have bare pavement this morning, temperatures 35-40F; becoming mostly cloudy today, the free air freezing level is 8,000 feet, snow showers with 2-5 inches accumulation tonight, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Winds have backed to WSW 5-10 knots this morning and seas are up to 7-8 feet. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow morning. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from this evening through tomorrow morning. Westerlies rising to 15-20 knots gusting 25 today, seas building to 8 feet this afternoon and to 10 feet at 12 seconds tonight. Tomorrow, rough seas 13 feet at 11 seconds with the breeze backing to NE 5-10 knots. Outlook is for NE winds 10-15 knots and swells subsiding from 7 feet to 3 feet Wednesday through Friday. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Clouds and sunshine, possible drizzle, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/23 Mon 09:37 AM 9.54 H
11/23 Mon 04:13 PM -0.42 L
11/23 Mon 10:38 PM 7.67 H
11/24 Tue 04:04 AM 2.04 L
In Short: Increasing clouds, rain, showers, then clear, cold and windy.