Summary: Cloudy, warm, rainy and windy yesterday, continuing through the night.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 65F/50F/50mph/1.15”/2.31”
Depoe Bay: 63F/58F/49mph/0.96”/1.84”
*Since last dry day, November 18th
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 1,000’
Visibility: 5 miles/Wind: S 24 mph G32/Altimeter: 30.03”
Forecast: During this time of year, the Coastalaires Barbershop Chorus sings their own version of the holiday classic “Let it Snow,” substituting ‘rain’ for ‘snow’. It couldn’t be a more fitting kick-off to the season as we head into Thanksgiving weekend with rainy and windy conditions expected today through tomorrow. Look for total rainfall of over an inch, southerly winds gusting 35-45 mph, highs 55-60F and a low tonight in the mid-50s. Outlook is for a 50-50 chance of showers for Black Friday shopping, rain Saturday and Sunday, showers Monday and a chance of rain on Tuesday. The thermometer starts the extended period above normal, settling to seasonal by early next week.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps near 55F. Willamette Valley roads are wet, thermometer readings 55-60F. The Columbia River Gorge has wet pavement, temperatures 45-50F, east winds gusting 25-30 mph. For the Cascades, highways are wet, 40-50F, the snow level is well above the passes at 8,000 feet.
* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is mostly wet roads at the lower elevations, including the Coast Range and Gorge, all weekend. In the Cascades, expect wet pavement today through tomorrow, then the snow level drops to 4,500 feet (near the highway passes) tomorrow night through Friday night, goes up to 8,000 feet on Saturday, but falls back to 4,500 feet Sunday and Sunday night, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Winds are S 20-25 knots gusting 30 this morning with steep seas 10-11 feet at 11 seconds. A Gale Warning is in effect today and tonight. A rather extensive pressure gradient exists across the coastal waters, enough to maintain gusts 25-35 knots today, with stronger winds staying well offshore. As a cold front slowly pushes across the area tonight, the stronger gusts will move closer to shore. Southerly winds will be just below gale force this morning but pick up again this afternoon as the front draws nearer. Seas generally 12-17 feet. There’ll be a brief break in the weather tomorrow and Friday, with winds generally 15-20 knots, and seas relaxing back to near 10 ft. Another strong front will bring southerly gales and higher seas again Saturday into Sunday. * 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… Rain, breezy, surf 10-15 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/22 Wed 7:56 AM 3.85 L
11/22 Wed 1:39 PM 7.98 H
11/22 Wed 8:44 PM 0.10 L
11/23 Thu 3:45 AM 6.84 H
In Short: Mainly wet and windy.