Summary: Cloudy, rainy and windy yesterday, continuing through the night.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 63F/58F/37mph/0.52”/2.83”
Depoe Bay: 63F/57F/38mph/0.42”/2.26”
*Since last dry day, November 18th
Regional Record Highs Yesterday…
Astoria: 64F, previous 60F in 1954
Hillsboro: 63F, previous 61F in 1948
Portland Airport: 62F, previous 59F in 2011
Seaside: 65F, ties 1957
Vancouver: 62F, ties 1909
McMinnville: 63F, ties 1936
Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: overcast @ 300’
Visibility: 1.5 miles/Wind: SSW 23 mph G28/Altimeter: 29.99”
Forecast: It has rained on the Central Coast 27 out of the last 30 November 23rds, so today will be typical with up to a half inch of precipitation, sou’westers gusting 20-25 mph and a high in the low-50s. (Outside of the weather, here are 13 fun facts about Thanksgiving.) Showers are likely tonight, low of 45F. Black Friday shoppers should get a bit of a reprieve tomorrow as the chance of showers is less than 50-50, the breeze will ease and the mercury climbs to 55F. Outlook is for rainy and windy conditions to return for the rest of the holiday weekend, showers Monday, a slight chance of rain Tuesday, and then mostly cloudy but dry on Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to be about average – highs of 50-55F and lows in the mid-40s.
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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 50-60F, light south winds. For the Cascades, highways are wet, 45-50F, the snow level is well above the passes at 8,000 feet.
* Outlook for holiday weekend travelers is mixed wet/dry roads at the lower elevations including the Coast Range and Gorge all weekend. In the Cascades, expect wet pavement today, then the snow level drops to 4,500 feet (near the highway passes) tonight through Friday night, goes up to 8,000 feet on Saturday, but falls back to 4,500 feet Sunday and Sunday night with some snow expected, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Winds are S 20-25 knots gusting 30 this morning with seas 9 feet at 11 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds and hazardous seas remains in effect through late tonight. Expect south to southwesterly winds on Central Coast waters through tomorrow, generally 10-20 knots, with gusts 25-30 knots at times. Seas holding at 9-12 feet today, but will slowly subside tonight into tomorrow morning. There’ll be a break in the weather for Friday into early Saturday, then a couple of strong fronts will push over the region later Saturday and again late Sunday. The system on Saturday will see deep low pressure moving north just inside of 130W. This should be close to supporting solid southerly gales, with seas building to 15-20 feet. Another front will push across the region later Sunday and Sunday night. Next week, look for much more tranquil weather as high pressure builds over the region. If the trends continue, we could see northerly winds 10-15 knots for a good part of the time, but seas will vary, due to various swell fetches arriving. * 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 7-9 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/23 Thu 8:42 AM 4.04 L
11/23 Thu 2:18 PM 7.55 H
11/23 Thu 9:26 PM 0.40 L
11/24 Fri 4:35 AM 6.79 H
In Short: Rain, chance of showers, rainy and windy, then slow drying.