Monday, Nov. 30th – Lincoln County
Summary: The timing couldn’t have been better. The long Thanksgiving holiday weekend came to a close under sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s. The bulk of travelers were easily able to return over the river and through the woods to their homes without any driving issues. Those who dilly-dallied too long found wet pavement as a weak weather system moved in overnight with overcast and the first rain in nearly a week. At daybreak it was raining but, fortunately, the mercury was above freezing along the immediate coastline, which will not be the case farther inland.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 51F/36F/~0.01”
Depoe Bay: 52F/34F/0.02”
A Freezing Rain Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service in effect until noon today for the South Willamette Valley, the Central Coast Range (including the passes on Highways 34, 20 and 18) and the Cascade foothills of Lane County. Occasional light rain and freezing rain between 6:00am and 11:00am today. Ice accumulations generally only a few hundredths of an inch. Temperatures in the 20s this morning rising above freezing after 11:00am. Even though ice accumulations will be light, any ice will create hazardous travel conditions. If freezing rain occurs, avoid steep hills and other terrain that will create loss of traction.
Forecast: Though it looks like the Central Coast will miss the wintry conditions this morning, things will be completely different this week as a ‘progressive pattern’ is in place with wet weather systems arriving almost daily. Rain is likely this morning, ending by afternoon; highs 50-55F and southeast winds 10-15 mph gusting 20. There’s a slight chance of showers tonight, low 40-45F. Tomorrow, rain developing again in the afternoon, high 50F and south winds to 25 mph. Outlook is for rain Wednesday and Thursday, a chance of rain/showers Friday and Saturday, and windy with rain likely on Sunday. Near normal mercury readings are expected as highs reach 50-55F and lows dip to around 45F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, Freezing Rain Advisory in effect with ice possible on the highways this morning as rain is approaching and temperatures are still only about 25F in the passes; a chance of rain today, temps warming to a high of 45F. Valley destinations have a Freezing Rain Advisory in effect until noon, then a chance of rain, the thermometer rising to 40-45F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for a chance of freezing rain and patchy freezing fog, east winds gusting 25 mph, highs 35-40F. For the Cascades, the highways have packed snow and ice this morning with temperatures near 20F, carry chains or traction tires; a chance of snow showers today, the snow level is below the passes at 3,500 feet.
Marine: SE winds are blowing 25 knots gusting 30 offshore this morning with seas 10 feet at 17 seconds. Small Craft Advisories for both winds and hazardous seas are in effect from 10:00am this morning through tomorrow morning. A Gale Watch is then in effect from tomorrow morning through tomorrow evening. Today and tonight, SE winds 15-20 knots gusting 25 with swells subsiding to 7 feet this afternoon but rebuilding to 11 feet overnight. Tomorrow, SE winds rising to 20-30 knots gusting 35 and combined rough seas 11 feet at 10 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 10-20 knots with swells 8-14 feet all week. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Rain early, mostly cloudy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/30 Mon 3:38 AM high 7.9 ft
11/30 Mon 9:01 AM low 3.5 ft.
11/30 Mon 2:54 PM high 8.1 ft.
11/30 Mon 9:33 PM low 0.1 ft.
In Short: Rain, overcast, then continued mainly wet and windy.