Summary: Mixed skies, patchy drizzle yesterday; showers overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 58F/50F/24mph/0.33”
Depoe Bay: 57F/48F/19mph/0.19”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,100’, broken @ 3,600’, overcast @ 5,000’
Visibility: 7 miles/Wind: SW 13 mph G17/Altimeter: 29.87”
Forecast: Two changes are occurring simultaneously – lots of precipitation is headed our way and it’ll be much cooler. While this scenario shouldn’t have any unusual impact on the Central Coast, travelers should be aware of low snow levels for the next week or so. Heavy Cascade snows are predicted, and the Gorge and Coast Range may even see their first dusting of the season. We’ll keep you posted (see Travel below). Locally, look for showers turning to rain today, a bit breezy and highs in the low-50s. Tonight, rain is likely, low about 45F. Showers linger into tomorrow and the mercury will struggle to hit 50F. Outlook is for a chance of showers Saturday, heavy rain Saturday night and Sunday, a chance of rain/showers Monday and Tuesday, then rainy/windy Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to remain cool with highs of 50F or less and lows 40-45F throughout the extended peiod.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temp 45F. Willamette Valley roads are mixed wet/dry, thermometer readings 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 45-50F. For the Cascades, highways are wet, 35-40F, the snow level is 4,500 feet and falling. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 11:00am this morning through 5:00am tomorrow morning for snow levels dropping well below the passes and several inches of snow on the road; carry chains or tractions tires. Oregon’s studded tire season began yesterday and runs through March 31st, 2018. However, ODOT encourages drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains. Studs cause about $8.5-million in damage each year on state highways. * An interactive map of the latest Northwest/Central Oregon travel weather is available here. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.
Marine: Winds are SW 10-20 knots this morning with seas 7 feet at 9 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through late tonight. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect from 1:00pm this afternoon through tomorrow afternoon. A series of weak low-pressures coming from British Columbia will slowly drift southward across Central Coast waters tonight through Sunday. These will likely bring a couple rounds of Small Craft Advisory level wind gusts of at least 25 knots through the weekend. Winds will likely peak late this afternoon and evening and then again sometime late Saturday or early Sunday. A potentially stronger frontal storm system capable of producing Gale Force or stronger winds still appears on track to impact the area early next week. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
On the Beach… Showers, breezy, surf 4-6 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/02 Thu 11:23 AM 8.86 H
11/02 Thu 5:49 PM 0.11 L
11/03 Fri 12:05 AM 7.70 H
11/03 Fri 5:45 AM 1.48 L
In Short: Showers/rain, windy at times and cooler for the foreseeable future.