Summary: On the heels of a rather benign morning yesterday, the next front arrived around noon producing wind gusts in the 30s and another round of rain. Precipitation totals were between a half and three-quarters of an inch; Lincoln City recorded the most at 0.82” and also tied with Depoe Bay for the strongest wind gust, 37 mph. Thermometer readings were in the mid-50s. The rain turned to showers after dark and the breeze faded away. After midnight, it was mostly cloudy with a bit of drizzle and fog, temps in the low-40s. This morning, a few sucker holes let in some sunshine and the breeze was southeast at 5-10 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 900’ & 3,100’, broken @ 4,400’
Visibility: 8 miles/Wind: SSE 8 mph/Pressure: 29.73”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 56F/45F/37mph/0.82”
Depoe Bay: 56F/42F/37mph/0.54”
Forecast: With lots of folks headin’ home today, the timing of the next storm system couldn’t be worse. Rainy and breezy conditions are expected to develop this afternoon along the Central Coast, in the Coast Range and Willamette Valley, but heavy snow and very windy in the Cascade passes (see the special expanded Travel section below for details). Locally, showers this morning are projected to turn to steady rain by around lunchtime, southwest winds 15-20 mph gusting 30-35, and a high of 50-55F. Tonight, the breeze veers to northwest and picks up to 20-30 mph gusting 45 or more, rain turns back to showers and the mercury settles near 45F. Showers continue tomorrow, breezy, and highs again of 50-55F. Total precip between now and tomorrow night could exceed an inch. Outlook is for mostly cloudy Tuesday, rain Wednesday, partly sunny and mainly dry Thursday through Saturday.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s damp pavement, fog and 35-40F in the passes; a chance of rain or showers and windy today, high temperature 45-50F. NOTE: Part of one travel lane on Highway 20 at Milepost 2.5 just east of Newport has slumped away; short delays are possible. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers early, rain late, breezy, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, possibly heavy at times, southwest winds 10-15 mph gusting 25, high of 40-45F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow this morning, temps 25-30F; a Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 3:00pm this afternoon through 6:00pm tomorrow evening, carry chains or use traction tires, the snow level is below the passes at 3,000 feet, with snow accumulations of 1-4 inches and winds to 45 mph creating whiteout conditions today. Outlook for Thanksgiving holiday weekend travelers is wet roads and breezy tonight at the lower elevations, but 8-14 inches of snow in the Cascade highway passes, the snow level at 3,500 feet, along with winds gusting to 50 mph. NOTE: The National Weather Service suggests you use an alternate route (like I-84 through the Gorge) if you plan on heading east of the Cascades this afternoon or tonight. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Winds are light and variable this morning with choppy seas 11 feet at 12 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect from this afternoon through tomorrow morning as winds rise to SW 25-30 knots gusting 40 later today and combined seas build to 12 feet at 11 seconds. Tonight, NW winds 25-30 knots gusting 40 with combined rough seas 16 feet at 11 seconds. The breeze eases a little tomorrow, becoming NW 20-25 knots gusting 30 but swells will be up around 18 feet. Outlook is for light SW winds on Tuesday, swells subsiding to 12 feet, then NW winds 15-25 knots Wednesday and Thursday with swells 12-14 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Rain, breezy, surf 8-10 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/27 Sun 10:32 AM 8.71 H
11/27 Sun 05:14 PM 0.18 L
11/27 Sun 11:44 PM 7.15 H
11/28 Mon 04:59 AM 3.14 L
In Short: Rainy and windy, showers, unsettled, then some drying.