Summary: Mixed skies, smidge of rain, yesterday; scattered clouds overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 53F/42F/28mph/0.04”/5.95”
Depoe Bay: 53F/40F/15mph/0.04”/4.61”
*Since last dry day, November 7th
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: calm/Altimeter: 30.29”
Forecast: It’s finally here – a dry day with mostly sunny skies, light winds and a high of 50-55F this afternoon. Partly cloudy tonight which should provide ample clearing for observing the Leonid Meteor Shower (10-20 meteors per hour, appearing to emanate from the constellation Leo, the best viewing will be between midnight and dawn); low temp around 45F. Tomorrow, increasing clouds, a 50-50 chance of rain developing, and highs 50-55F. Outlook is for rain tomorrow night, heavy at times with 1-2 inches possible, and sou’westers gusting 35-45 mph, showers turning to rain Monday, rain Tuesday and Wednesday, then a chance of rain Thursday and Friday. The mercury is expected climb above seasonal averages as highs reach 55-60F and lows stay in the upper-40s.
Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend… Rain/showers, breezy, highs 50-60F, lows 40-45F, snow levels above the Cascade highway passes.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are mainly dry, but spots of ice are possible, it’s foggy in places, temps 30-35F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, areas of fog, thermometer readings 35-40F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 35-45F, light east winds. For the Cascades, highways have packed snow and ice, 25-30F, the free air freezing level is at 4,000 feet rising to 5,500 feet this afternoon.
*Outlook for weekend travelers is mixed wet/dry pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range and Gorge, a chance of snow in the Cascades with the snow level at or above the passes through Sunday night, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Winds are E 5-10 knots gusting 15 this morning with seas 5 feet at 9 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect from late tonight through tomorrow evening. Conditions will remain rather benign today as weak high pressure remains over Central Coast waters. Seas will be around 5 feet during this time. However, a significant frontal system is expected to arrive late tonight and Sunday. This system looks like it will create a period of high-end gale force southerly winds, with some forecast models suggesting the potential for storm force gusts. A low moving along the front will slow its progress and the strong winds and seas may remain across the waters south of Newport through Sunday night. Another front is expected Tuesday for an additional chance of gales. Seas with tomorrow’s system will rise rapidly, peaking in the upper-teens, though the outer zones may see 20 feet for a brief period Sunday afternoon. * 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… Partly cloudy, breezy, surf 3-5 feet (low).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/18 Sat 11:29 AM 8.95 H
11/18 Sat 06:17 PM -0.43 L
11/19 Sun 12:53 AM 7.25 H
11/19 Sun 06:03 AM 3.06 L
In Short: Mostly clear, dry, then wet and windy.