Summary: Okay, so we took a few punches in the first round yesterday, but it certainly wasn’t a knockout. It rained most of the day with precipitation totals between an inch and an inch and a half; Lincoln City had the most at 1.54”. Southerly winds were strongest just after dark; Yachats recorded the highest gust, 37 mph. The mercury climbed to the mid-50s. Overnight, the steady rain ended around 9:00pm, skies cleared a little, and then showers, some quite heavy, continued until dawn. Low temps were in the mid-40s. This morning, there were still plenty of showers blipping the radar and a southeast wind blew lightly at around 10 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 2,300’, broken @ 3,100’ & 3,700’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 9 mph/Pressure: 29.87”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/46F/22mph/1.54”
Depoe Bay: 53F/44F/31mph/1.13”
A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, in effect from 1:00am to 10:00am Thursday. Then, a High Wind Watch is in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday evening. South winds will increase to 30-40 mph with gusts to 50-60 mph late tonight into Thursday morning. The strongest winds will be at the beaches and headlands. Winds will decrease Thanksgiving morning, then increase again starting late Thanksgiving afternoon to 40-45 mph with gusts possibly reaching 55-65 mph through the evening hours. The highest winds are expected at the beaches and headlands. These winds may make travel difficult at times, and could cause some tree damage and spotty power disruptions.
Forecast: Unstable conditions prevail today with showers, possible thunderstorms, sunbreaks, southwest winds gusting 30 and a high around 50F. Tonight, the bell sounds for Round 2 in the current bout of storms as the rain and wind really ramp up. Southerlies blow 30-40 mph gusting 55 and precipitation totals up to 2 inches are expected. For Thanksgiving Day, a short break in the strongest winds midday, another 1-2 inches of rain, and a high near 55F. Outlook is for Round 3 to begin tomorrow evening as southwest winds rebuild to 35-40 mph gusting 60 and heavy rain continues, turning to showers and lighter winds late Friday and Saturday, then a chance of showers Sunday through Tuesday. Temperatures stay near normal for November as highs reach 50-55F and lows dip to 45F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement, showers and 40F in the passes; showers, a chance of thunderstorms, and breezy today, high temperature 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light southwest winds, high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways have light snow cover this morning, temps 25-30F, chains or traction tires required over Willamette Pass, carry chains or traction tires at Santiam Pass and Government Camp; snow showers today, snow accumulations 2-5 inches possible, the snow level is well below the passes at 3,000 feet. Outlook for Thanksgiving holiday weekend travelers is wet and windy at the lower elevations with snow expected at Cascade highway pass level or below every day through Sunday. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Winds are 10-20 knots gusting 25 this morning with rough seas 14 feet at 13 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this afternoon. A Gale Warning is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow morning. A Storm Watch is in effect from tomorrow morning through tomorrow evening. SW winds rising to 20-25 knots gusting 30 this afternoon, seas 15 feet at 14 seconds. Tonight, S winds 30-35 knots gusting 45 with combined seas building to 22 feet at 15 seconds. Southerlies 30-40 knots tomorrow and tomorrow night, very rough seas 19-23 feet. Outlook is for S winds fading to 10-25 knots Friday, swells down to 16 feet, then W to NW winds 20-25 knots Saturday and Sunday, swells subsiding to 10-11 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/23 Wed 07:59 AM 7.91 H
11/23 Wed 02:26 PM 2.35 L
11/23 Wed 08:17 PM 6.32 H
11/24 Thu 02:08 AM 2.16 L
In Short: Showers, very windy, heavy rain, then continued unsettled.