Summary: Clouds and sunbreaks yesterday ahead of the storm, lots of wind late, rainfall now close to 2 inches total, highs mid-50s, low in the mid-40s.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: broken @ 1,700’, overcast @ 2,400’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: S 29 mph G 41/Pressure: 29.77”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Storm Total…
Lincoln City: 54F/46F/41mph/1.05”/2.50”
Depoe Bay: 53F/44F/44mph/0.77”/1.90”
The Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast and Central Coast Range, and most of Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington, remains in effect through Friday evening. A band of heavy rain pushing southward across the region will produce rainfall amounts of 4-8 inches in the most favorable locations today and tomorrow. Expect sharp rises on area creeks and rivers, particularly those draining out of both sides of the Coast Range and Willapa Hills. Rivers of concern include the Grays in Wahkiakum County, the lower Nehalem and Wilson in Tillamook County, the Siletz River in Lincoln County, the upper Tualatin in Washington County, the Luckiamute river in Polk County, and the Marys in Benton County. If flooding occurs, it is expected to be minor, primarily impacting fields and low-lying property and secondary roads vulnerable to flooding in low areas. Landslides and debris flows are possible during this flood event. People, structures and roads located below steep slopes, in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk from rapidly moving landslides. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for flood warnings if flooding becomes more certain. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
Forecast: It’s probably a good thing you’re off for Thanksgiving because after some intense thunderstorms rolling through this morning, heavy rain continues this afternoon for Round 3 in our current bout of storms. Rainfall could reach another 1-2 inches today along with southerly winds gusting 40 mph or so but 55 on beaches and headlands. The High Wind Watch has been cancelled. Tonight, winds still gusting as high as 40-50 mph early before easing after midnight, maybe another inch of rain, and a low near 45F. Rain continues tomorrow morning turning to showers midday and back to steady rain by afternoon, south winds down to 10-15 mph gusting 20-25 and highs of 50-55F. Outlook is for rain and/or showers Saturday through Wednesday with seasonal temperatures.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement, rain and 45F in the passes; rain, heavy at times, and windy today, high temperature 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations have a Flood Watch in effect through tomorrow evening and are expecting heavy rain, a moderate breeze, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, possibly heavy at times, light east winds, high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow, slush and icy spots this morning, temps 30-35F, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for snow today, accumulations 5-10 inches possible, the snow level is near the passes at 4,000 feet. Outlook for Thanksgiving holiday weekend travelers is wet and breezy at the lower elevations with snow possible in the Cascade highway passes every day through Sunday, the snow level falling to 2,500-3,000 feet Saturday. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: S winds are strong this morning, blowing 30-40 knots gusting 45, and very rough seas have built to 21 feet at 10 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect until 10:00am this morning, then a new Gale Warning goes into effect from 1:00pm this afternoon through this evening. SW winds easing to 20-25 knots gusting 30 this morning, but rising again to 30-40 knots gusting 45 this afternoon into this evening with combined seas 18-21 feet at 13 seconds. The breeze eases to S 20-25 knots after midnight, seas 21 feet. Tomorrow, S winds 15-20 knots, swells subsiding to 14-16 feet at 13 seconds. Outlook is for WNW winds 10-25 knots Saturday through Monday, swells 10-12 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Rainy and windy, surf 15-20 feet (high).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be periodically inundated by surf today. 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 Thu 08:44 AM 8.13 H
11/24 Thu 03:18 PM 1.70 L
11/24 Thu 09:22 PM 6.45 H
11/25 Fri 02:57 AM 2.47 L
In Short: Very windy, heavy rain, then continued unsettled.