Summary: Rainy and breezy yesterday; overcast, heavy showers overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/49F/34mph/1.07”
Depoe Bay: 53F/45F/28mph/0.83”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 1,500’, broken @ 2,000’, overcast @ 4,600’
Visibility: 4 miles/Wind: S 20 mph G28/Altimeter: 29.70”
Forecast: A rather unstable atmosphere this morning has produced a couple of lightning strikes recorded offshore from Newport and heavy rain showers to go along with them. Expect more of the same today and tonight, sou’westers gusting 30-35 mph, a high of 55F and lows in the upper-40s. Tomorrow, steady rain early in the day but changing to showers by noon, lighter winds and the thermometer peaks in the low-50s. Outlook is for a chance of rain Saturday, then ‘fill-er-up’ with Central Coast rain gauges likely to stay topped-off Sunday through Wednesday. A high wind event is possible Sunday night and/or Monday. Temperatures should remain near average for this time of year as highs climb to 50-55F and lows drop to 45-50F throughout the extended period.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temp 45F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperatures 40-45F, east winds gusting 30-40 mph. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and ice, 30-35F, the snow level is below the passes at 4,000 feet, snow accumulations 2-6 inches possible today, carry chains or traction tires. * Get up-to-the-minute Northwest highway weather at Real-Time Roads. Also, motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck for the latest traffic conditions including delays and hazards.
Marine: Winds are southerly 10-20 knots gusting 25-30 this morning with rough, steep seas 13-14 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through late tonight. Very active weather appears quite possible early next week, but let’s start with today. A weak, broad low-pressure system is shifting toward the coast through Friday. There is a secondary smaller circulation that will move through tonight. Going into this weekend, weaker pressure gradients will allow winds to stay fairly benign for this time of year and seas will come down below 10 feet for Friday and Saturday. Uncertainty begins to increase as we get into Sunday and Monday as there are some timing differences with the next system. Confidence in the strength and track is starting to increase with gales looking more likely, but the timing is the big question. The more likely scenario will bring gales in Sunday afternoon and evening, continuing overnight until the front moves through on Monday. Seas with this system will come up as well, into at least the mid-teens if not approaching 20 feet depending on how long the gales persist. An active weather pattern is expected to continue through the rest of next week with additional systems bringing possible gales and seas approaching 15-20 feet on Tuesday and Thursday. * Full text of the latest marine forecast is available here. And, make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.
Notice to Mariners… A new depth tabulation is available for Yaquina Bay & River Channel, Chart 18581. You can view, download or print it out here.
On the Beach… Showers, windy, 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.
11/09 Thu 9:49 AM 3.41 L
11/09 Thu 3:39 PM 8.28 H
11/09 Thu 10:40 PM -0.42 L
11/10 Fri 5:42 AM 7.44 H
In Short: Showers and breezy, then continued wet and occasionally windy.