Summary: So, what was that bright yellow thing in the sky yesterday afternoon? The Sun made a welcome, albeit rare appearance for a few hours late in the day, winds were light, and the mercury climbed to the mid-50s. But alas, the clouds thickened again just after dark and it rained fairly hard between 8:00pm and midnight. If you have outdoor Christmas lighting, last night was a good test of your electrical connections. There was some additional light rain overnight, lows in the mid-40s and westerly winds gusting around 30 mph. This morning, showers blipped the radar and a west wind blew 10-20 mph.
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 3,300’, 4,100’, 5,000’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: W 11 mph G 22/Pressure: 30.16”
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 55F/46F/30mph/0.33”
Depoe Bay: 53F/42F/25mph/0.21”
Forecast: Showers continue today behind the cold front that passed through last evening. High today in the low-50s and west winds 10-15 mph gusting 20 or so. There’s still a fair chance of a stray shower or two tonight and tomorrow; low 40-45F and high about 50F. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of rain Friday and Saturday, rainy and windy Sunday, showers Monday and Tuesday. The big news, though, is that we will be seeing a seasonal change to cooler temperatures beginning Monday. Highs on the Central Coast may only reach the low-40s and lows could dip to the upper-30s. In the region, overnight freezing and a rain/snow mix may make it clear down to the Valley floor early next week with another round of Cascades snow.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement, rain and 40F in the passes; showers today, high temperature 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting showers, the thermometer rising to 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers, light west wind, high of 45F. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered and it’s snowing this morning, temps 25-30F, chains or traction tires are required over the passes. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 6:00pm this evening for an additional 3-7 inches of snow, the snow level is 3,000 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Winds are WNW 15-20 knots gusting 25 this morning with choppy seas 13 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect today, and a Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through tomorrow. WNW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30, easing to 15-20 knots this afternoon, rough seas 13-15 feet at 13 seconds. Tonight, NW winds 10-20 knots, seas 13-16 feet at 13 seconds. A light westerly around 10 knots tomorrow with swells subsiding to 10-11 feet. Outlook is for S winds rising to 15-25 knots on Friday, swells 8-9 feet, W wind 15-25 knots Saturday and Sunday with seas building to 14-17 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.
11/30 Wed 12:12 PM 8.83 H
11/30 Wed 06:55 PM -0.37 L
12/01 Thu 01:38 AM 7.51 H
12/01 Thu 06:49 AM 3.62 L
In Short: Showers, moderate wind, then unsettled and cooler.