Summary: Fair skies, light winds yesterday; scattered clouds, chilly overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain…
Lincoln City: 50F/41F/20mph/0.00”
Depoe Bay: 53F/36F/15mph/0.00”
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: ESE 9 mph/Altimeter: 30.07”
A High Wind Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Central Coast, which is in effect from 4:00pm this afternoon through 3:00am tomorrow morning. Near beaches and headlands, south wind 25-35 mph with gusts to 60 mph. In coastal communities, south wind 15-25 mph with gusts to 45 mph. A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.
Forecast: We’re one for one on dry days this week as there was no rainfall recorded yesterday. That brief break ends later this afternoon when the rain returns along with blustery south winds 45-50 mph and a high of 50-55F. Heavy rain tonight, 1-2 inches possible, winds gusting as high as 55 mph and a low of 50F. Tomorrow, another inch of rain, winds fading to about 25 mph and the mercury rising to 55F. Outlook is for rain Tuesday through Thursday, then a chance of rain continues Friday and Saturday. High temperatures are projected to be in the upper-50s early in the week before falling seasonal into the lower-50s by the weekend; lows dip to 45-50F.
Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend… Rain/showers, breezy, high 55F, low 45F, snow levels above the Cascade highway passes.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are mainly dry but with spots of ice possible, it’s foggy in places, temps 30-35F. Willamette Valley roads are dry, areas of fog, thermometer readings near 35F. The Columbia River Gorge has dry pavement, temperatures 35-40F, light south winds. For the Cascades, highways are icy, 20-25F, the free air freezing level is at 6,000 feet.
*Outlook for weekend travelers is wet pavement at the lower elevations including the Coast Range, Gorge and Cascades tonight with the snow level rising above the passes to 7,000 feet.
Marine: Winds are SSE 10-20 knots gusting 25 this morning with square seas 7 feet at 7 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect through late tonight. We’ll likely see Gale Force wind gusts of 40-45 knots across Central Coast waters today and tonight. Coastal jet development will likely enhance winds within 20 miles of the coast, and some storm force gusts of 50 knots are possible within this region. Seas will build into the upper-teens and may briefly reach 20 feet along the front this evening. These seas will be dominated by windwaves or fresh swell with periods of 8-10 seconds, subsiding Monday to near 10 feet or slightly below. Today’s front is forecast to stall out near the South Oregon Coast Monday morning before lifting back northward. When it does so, expect high-end Small Craft Advisory to low-end Gale Force southerly wind gusts of 30-35 knots to spread northward across the waters. This should also result in seas climbing well into the teens once again early next week where they look to linger through at least Thanksgiving. * 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… Increasing clouds, rain, breezy, surf 4-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/19 Sun 6:03 AM 3.06 L
11/19 Sun 12:00 PM 8.83 H
11/19 Sun 6:52 PM -0.45 L
11/20 Mon 1:34 AM 7.20 H
In Short: Rain developing, windy, then mainly wet and breezy.