WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY

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Weather or Not: Holiday Storm Queue

wxon-cbMonday, Nov. 21st – Lincoln County

Summary: Showers, south winds 10-25 mph with seasonal temps yesterday.

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/51F/0.20”
Depoe Bay: 56F/48F/0.16”
Newport: 55F/45F/0.39”
Waldport: 57F/49F/0.44”
Yachats: 57F/51F/0.28”

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 3,400’ & 4,500’, broken @ 5,500’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SE 3 mph/Pressure: 29.84”

Forecast: A number of storms queuing up offshore are expected to impact the Central Coast all week. It looks like today will be the only ‘nice’ day with decreasing showers, sunbreaks, light winds and a high near 55F. The first storm in the queuewxon-sun-rain begins working its way in overnight with rain likely, southeast winds 15-20 mph gusting 25 and the mercury dipping to 45F. Rain tomorrow, possibly heavy at times with up to an inch, southerly winds 15-25 mph gusting 30 and highs of 50-55F. Outlook for the rest of the week is contained in the announcement below.

wxonwarning-nws-swsA Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for Northwest Oregon covering the Thanksgiving holiday week. A series of storms will bring occasional wet and windy periods to the area with snow in the mountains affecting travel at times today through the weekend.

The first storm will bring some coastal wind and decent rains to Northwest Oregon Tuesday afternoon and evening, with snow near the passes in the Cascades. Showers will continue into Wednesday with the snow level falling below the Cascade passes. A second stronger storm will bring possibly heavy rain to the area on Thanksgiving Day, with strong winds possible near the coast and windy conditions inland. The snow level will be below the Cascade passes, and significant accumulations will likely affect travel. It is now looking more likely that yet another strong storm system will bring another bout of locally heavy rain and strong winds to the region on Friday. After a brief rise in the snow level early Friday, snows may return to below pass elevations again by afternoon. This storm has the potential to be stronger than the one on Thanksgiving Day but some uncertainty still remains on how strong it will be. Additional systems will keep the weekend weather unsettled with rain at times and snow in the mountains, continuing to affect travel as people return from their holiday travels.

wxon-twitterSPECIAL NOTE: Be sure to follow Weather or Not’s Twitter feed to keep updated on this very active period of winter weather; you’ll get immediate notification of any watches, warnings or advisories. Follow @chrisburnswx.

Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 40-45F in the passes; a chance of showers, mostly cloudy today, high temperature 45-55F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting a 50-50 chance of showers, mostly cloudy, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers likely, light southwest wind, highs of 45-50F. For the Cascades, highways are wet with spots of ice this morning, temps 30-35F; rain and snow showers today, snow accumulations up to 2 inches possible, the snow level is at or just below the passes at 4,000 feet; carry chains or use traction tires. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Seas have come down to 10 feet at 11 seconds this morning with WNW winds 5-15 knots. A Small Craft wxon-galeAdvisory for winds is in effect within 10 miles of shore this evening through tomorrow afternoon. A Gale Warning is in effect beyond 10 miles from the coast from this evening through tomorrow afternoon. SW winds today, 10-15 knots gusting 20, swells 8 feet at 10 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, S winds 15-25 knots gusting 30-40, strongest offshore, and combined seas 11 feet at 11 seconds. Outlook is for southerlies 20-30 knots with gale force to storm force gusts possible Wednesday through Friday and rough combined seas building to 15-20 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Showers possible, sunbreaks, 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.
* Tides
11/21 Mon 12:01 PM 3.38 L
11/21 Mon 05:43 PM 6.81 H
11/22 Tue 12:11 AM 1.24 L
11/22 Tue 07:06 AM 7.75 H

In Short: Showers ending, mixed sky, then stormy all week.

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