Tuesday, Nov. 24th – Lincoln County
Summary: The storm system predicted for last night intensified as it approached shore and turned out to be fairly strong when it hit the Central Coast about 10:00pm. Wind gusts above 40 mph were recorded and total precipitation amounts neared an inch. Both of these figures were about double the earlier predictions. That can and does happen in November. The rain actually started just before sunset but was fairly light until the brunt of the storm arrived overnight while you slept. Everything shut down around 3:00am this morning when the breeze died and the main band of rain had passed. At dawn, it was cloudy with a few showers around and winds came out of the northwest 10-15 mph.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/42F/35mph/0.98”
Depoe Bay: 51F/39F/35mph/0.72”
Forecast: This will be a general changeover day as we wave goodbye to the wet and windy regime and say hello to clear and cool weather for several days. Today, some showers are expected to linger in the area and the temperature will be cooler, struggling to reach 50F. Cold tonight as temps dip to right around freezing and with the streets still wet in some areas, heads-up for possible black ice. Outlook is for sunshine tomorrow, high 45F, and east winds gusting 20-25 mph.
Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend… Clear, cool and breezy; highs about 45F, lows near freezing, and blustery east winds.
Travel: In the Coast Range, the highways are wet this morning, temperatures around 35F in the passes; rain and snow showers today, highs 45-50F, the snow level is above the passes at 2,000 feet. Valley destinations are expecting rain turning to showers, the thermometer rising to 45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain early, showers later, light winds, high about 45F. For the Cascades, the highways have packed snow and ice this morning, temperatures 25-30F, chains or traction tires are required at Willamette Pass, carry chains or traction tires over Santiam Pass and at Government Camp; snow turning to snow showers today, additional accumulations 2-4 inches possible in the passes.
Marine: The breeze is down to NW 10-15 knots this morning but seas are rough 14-15 footers at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. Expect NE winds 10-15 knots gusting 20 today, tonight and tomorrow with swells slowly subsiding from 12 feet to 7 feet by Wednesday afternoon. Outlook is for NE winds 10-15 knots Thursday, and then E winds 5-10 knots Friday and Saturday, swells around 5 feet through the period. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, light breeze, surf 8-12 feet (moderate).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches today. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf, especially during the unusually high King 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.
11/24 Tue 10:23 AM 9.94 H (King Tide)
11/24 Tue 05:02 PM -1.15 L
11/24 Tue 11:33 PM 8.00 H
11/25 Wed 04:55 AM 2.26 L
In Short: Showers, then clearing, cooler and windy.