Summary: Fairly benign conditions dominated the daylight hours yesterday with occasional light showers, not much wind and the thermometer reaching the low-50s. Just before dark, however, a stronger than expected storm system came barreling in packing southerly winds gusting to 50 mph or better at all of our reporting stations; Yachats had the highest gust at 56 mph, and in the region, Mary’s Peak east of Newport in the Coast Range clocked a blast of 76 mph. Showers continued overnight, though precipitation amounts were not impressive at a third to half an inch, and the wind switched abruptly to northwest. Temps dipped to the low-40s. At daybreak, it was partly cloudy with a moderate northwest breeze.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 2,300’ & 3,200’, broken @ 4,000’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: NNW 10 mph G 20/Pressure: 29.85”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/46F/51mph/0.43”
Depoe Bay: 53F/42F/53mph/0.32”
A High Surf Advisory is in effect from noon today through 1:00am Tuesday for the Central Coast. Seas building to 21-25 feet with a dominant period of 16-18 seconds late this afternoon or early evening. Energy will be out of the west-northwest. Seas remain above 20 feet this evening and then ease to around 15 feet by Tuesday morning. Beach erosion and large sneaker waves are possible. Sneaker waves run considerably farther up the beach than regular waves and can easily knock people and pets off their feet and drag them out to sea. A High Surf Advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized beach erosion.
Forecast: The next storm system with steady rain has been booked for arrival sometime late Tuesday. But we can still expect showers to continue today, unusual Wintertime northwest winds 15 mph gusting 25, and a high of 50-55F. Tonight, a chance of showers and lows near 45F. Tomorrow starts off with a slight chance of showers, then rain develops by afternoon, a light south wind and the mercury climbs to 55F. Outlook is for showers likely Wednesday, partly sunny Thursday, foggy with a chance of rain Friday and Saturday, and then rain likely Sunday. Temperatures cooling toward the end of the week with highs in the upper-40s and lows in the upper-30s.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 40-45F in the passes; showers and windy today, high temperature 45F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, the thermometer rising to 50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain, west winds 10-15 mph gusting 25, high of 40-45F. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and it’s snowing this morning, temps right at 30F; a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 6:00pm this evening, the snow level is below the passes at 3,500 feet, with snow accumulations of 6-12 inches and winds gusting to 40 mph creating whiteout conditions today, chains or traction tires are required. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Seas are rough this morning, 15 feet at 11 seconds, with winds WNW 20-25 knots. 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. NW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 today, seas building to 19 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight, the breeze eases to NW 10-15 knots gusting 20 but swells build to 21-23 feet at 16 seconds, subsiding to 19 feet after midnight. Winds back to SW tomorrow, 10-15 knots gusting 20 in the afternoon, seas 16 feet subsiding to 11 feet. Outlook is for nor’westers 15-20 knots gusting 25 on Wednesday, N winds 10-15 knots Thursday, and a light SE breeze 5-10 knots Friday; swells 10-14 feet all week. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, 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, especially during high tides. Be aware of sneaker waves that will be significantly higher than those that precede or follow them. Never turn your back on the ocean.
11/28 Mon 11:05 AM 8.82 H
11/28 Mon 05:48 PM -0.12 L
11/29 Tue 12:23 AM 7.34 H
11/29 Tue 05:36 AM 3.31 L
In Short: Showers, unsettled, then some drying and cooler.