Summary: Yesterday started out with a bang when a surprise series of thunderstorms rolled through the Central Coast producing lots of lightning strikes and nearly simultaneous thunder. Then, it rained a little, with 3-4 inches about average. Overall, since the storms began on Wednesday, around 5 inches fell; Yachats claimed the blue ribbon with just over 6 inches total. The breeze was nothing to sneeze at, either, as gusts ramped up to near 60 mph in the morning, fairly close to predictions, but the High Wind Watch for an evening high wind event was cancelled mid-morning. Overnight, there was continuous rain until about 5:00am this morning. At daybreak, there was a light east wind and mostly cloudy skies.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 3,400’ & 4,200’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 5 mph/Pressure: 29.67”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Storm Total…
Lincoln City: 53F/47F/48mph/2.29”/4.79”
Depoe Bay: 53F/46F/53mph/3.08”/4.98”
A Flood Warning is in effect for two rivers in the area. The Alsea at Tidewater is expected to rise above flood stage at 9:00am this morning, cresting at 18.2 feet around 11:00am. Expect minor flooding of low-lying pasture land, roads, and a few structures close to the river. The Marys River near Philomath is already above flood stage and is expected to crest this morning at 21 feet and fall below flood stage by 9:00pm tonight. Expect major and widespread flooding along the Marys River from Philomath to Corvallis, with numerous homes and farms affected. Several roads will likely be flooded, including Grange Hall Road, 13th Street / Fern Road, Chapel Drive, and Bellfountain Road. For the latest river conditions, go here.
A Coastal Flood Advisory has been issued for the Central Coast by the National Weather Service, which is in effect from 8:00am until noon today. Minor flooding is expected with the high tide around 10:00am this morning. High water may develop along portions of Highway 101 and other low lying roads. High tide is forecast to be around 9.5 feet. A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate possible flooding of low areas along the shore.
Forecast: Black Friday shoppers will have to contend with rain showers today, basically leftovers in the wake of yesterday’s storm system. Up to another half inch of precipitation is possible, high of 50-55F, and light southeast winds. Tonight, more rain, maybe somewhat heavier than today, with the mercury dipping to 45F. Showers and possible thunderstorms tomorrow, southwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 30, and a high near 55F. Outlook is for showers Sunday through Thursday, northwest winds and seasonal temperatures.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement, showers and 40-45F in the passes; rain and light winds today, minor stream and river flooding, high temperature 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations have a Flood Watch in effect through this evening and are expecting rain, a light breeze, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, light east winds, high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways have snow, slush and icy spots this morning, temps 30-35F, carry chains or traction tires; a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 10:00am today for snow accumulations 2-5 inches possible, the snow level is near the passes at 4,500 feet. Outlook for Thanksgiving holiday weekend travelers is wet roads at the lower elevations with snow possible on the Cascade highway passes, the snow level remaining around 4,000 feet through tomorrow, then down to 3,000 feet Sunday and Sunday night. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Light winds this morning, ESE 10-15 knots and seas 16 feet at 14 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for hazardous seas through tomorrow afternoon. S winds 5-10 knots today with seas 14-15 feet at 14 seconds. Tonight, SW winds 10-15 knots gusting 20, swells subsiding to 12 feet after midnight. A SW breeze tomorrow, 15-20 knots, and seas falling to 11 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for NW winds 20-25 knots Sunday and Monday, backing to SW 20-25 knots Tuesday, swells 10-15 feet through the extended period. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, moderate breeze, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* Stay off of jetties and offshore rocks, and be extremely watchful on rocky shores or sandy beaches. These areas may be inundated by surf today, especially during the high tide which will be about a foot higher than predictions (due to the storms). Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
11/25 Fri 09:23 AM 8.35 H
11/25 Fri 04:01 PM 1.09 L
11/25 Fri 10:16 PM 6.68 H
11/26 Sat 03:41 AM 2.73 L
In Short: Rain, showers, lighter winds, then continued unsettled.