Summary: Spotty showers yesterday, some sunshine, light wind and normal temps.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/50F/0.02”
Depoe Bay: 57F/48F/0.01”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 4,100’ & 9,500’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 10 mph G 16/Pressure: 29.82”
Forecast: The bell sounds for Round 1 in the current bout of storms beginning today. But like any good pugilist, we’re coming out of our corner rested after a day of benign weather and this first disturbance won’t be as tough as later rounds this week. Rain developing, up to an inch, southerly winds 15-20 mph gusting 30 and highs of 50-55F this afternoon. Tonight, the steady rain turns to showers and possible thunderstorms, breezy, and a low about 45F. The showers continue tomorrow until late in the day when Round 2 gets underway with heavy rain and southerlies ramping up to 25-35 mph gusting 40-45, high temp about 55F. Outlook is for round after round of precipitation, several inches expected through Monday, windy at times, seasonal thermometer readings with highs of 50-55F and lows near 45F.
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for wet and windy weather with snow in the Cascades through the Thanksgiving holiday period. Snow in the Cascades will begin this evening as snow levels drop to 3,000 to 4,000 feet. Off and on snow will continue through the weekend with the heaviest snow expected tonight and on Thursday. Total snowfall accumulations through Thanksgiving Day are expected to be 1-2 feet at and above pass levels. Meanwhile at lower elevations, rain will begin today and be heavy at times on Thursday with several inches possible over the next few days. The heavy rain will cause rivers to rise to near or just above flood stage, particularly in the Southern Willamette Valley and along the Central Coast of Oregon. Heavy rain may also cause some minor urban flooding. High winds are possible at the coast Wednesday night into Thanksgiving Day and again Thursday night which could complicate travel. Conditions inland will be noticeably windy as well but at this point look less impactful. With that being said, could see a downed tree or two in the Willamette Valley due to highly saturated soils during the period from Wednesday night to Friday. Additional systems through the weekend will warrant watching for potential impacts to post-Thanksgiving travel as well.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s dry pavement and 40-45F in the passes; rain, possibly heavy at times, and windy today, high temperature 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting rain to develop by noon, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, east winds 15-20 mph gusting 30, high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways have spots of ice this morning, temps 25-30F; rain early, snow later today, snow accumulations up to 2 inches possible, the snow level is near the passes at 4,500 feet; carry chains or use traction tires. Snow is expected at highway pass level or below every day through Sunday. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Winds are southerly 15-20 knots gusting 30 this morning with choppy seas 10 feet at 8 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. A Gale Watch is in effect from tomorrow afternoon through Thursday morning. S winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 today, swells 8-10 feet at 9 seconds. Tonight, the breeze eases to SW 10-15 knots gusting 20 and seas run 11 feet at 13 seconds. The wind starts rising tomorrow to 15-20 knots gusting 25 and swells build to 13 feet at 14 seconds. Outlook is for S winds 30-35 knots gusting 40 Wednesday night through Thursday night, combined seas building to 17-21 feet, then SW winds 15-20 knots Friday and Saturday, swells subsiding to 14-16 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, 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.
11/22 Tue 07:06 AM 7.75 H
11/22 Tue 01:20 PM 2.97 L
11/22 Tue 07:00 PM 6.41 H
11/23 Wed 01:11 AM 1.76 L
In Short: Rain, windy, showers, then continued stormy.