Summary: Light rain early, sunbreaks late yesterday; a couple showers overnight.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Gust/Rain/Total*
Lincoln City: 58F/48F/34mph/0.50”/3.33”
Depoe Bay: 57F/45F/34mph/0.25”/2.51”
*Since last dry day, November 18th
Newport Airport Conditions…
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: SSE 5 mph/Altimeter: 30.16”
Forecast: While this may be Black Friday for Christmas shoppers, it’ll be a relatively bright Friday as far as the weather is concerned. There is a chance for an occasional shower but that will be offset by some sunshine, light winds and a high of 55F. A chance of rain is possible tonight, low around 45F. Tomorrow, the next system comes in with plenty of rain, maybe a half inch, and highs in the upper-50s. Outlook is for rainy and quite windy Saturday night, rain Sunday, showers likely Monday, a chance of showers Tuesday, partly sunny Wednesday, and then a chance of showers returns on Thursday. Near average temperatures are predicted as highs reach 50-55F and lows slump to 40-45F.
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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, highways are wet, temps 35-40F. Willamette Valley roads are mixed wet/dry, thermometer readings 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge has mixed wet/dry pavement, temperatures 45-50F, light north winds. For the Cascades, highways have some packed snow and areas of ice, 25-30F, the snow level is below the passes at 4,000 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, the the snow level rises to 5,500 feet tonight, goes up to 7,500 feet on Saturday, falls back to 6,000 feet Sunday and then drops below the passes to 4,000 feet Sunday night with some snow possible, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: Winds are S 5-10 knots gusting 15 this morning with seas 8-9 feet at 10 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect out past 10 miles from shore through tomorrow afternoon. A Gale Watch has been posted for the outer waters for tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow night. Low pressure will approach the region from the southwest on Saturday, turning winds more southeasterly. Forecast models continue to show the low staying well to the west of the region as it moves north towards the west tip of Vancouver Island tomorrow night. A cold front will swing east across Central Coast waters tomorrow night into Sunday morning. Winds will increase, but generally stay southeasterly until just ahead of the front, then turn hard south. There’s reasonable confidence that we’ll have solid southerly gales, with the strongest winds between midnight and 6:00am Sunday. A Gale Watch remains in effect for tomorrow afternoon through Sunday on the outer waters, but will likely include the inner waters later Saturday night as the front draws closer. Seas will build Saturday night, with 15-22 feet on the outer waters near the stronger winds, and 14-17 feet on the inner waters. Another weaker system looks likely to pass south of the region on Monday. Then expect more tranquil weather over the region as high pressure builds. If current trends continue, we could see northerly winds 10-15 knots for a good part of next week. * 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… Possible showers, sunbreaks, surf 6-8 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/24 Fri 9:37 AM 4.14 L
11/24 Fri 3:05 PM 7.09 H
11/24 Fri 10:13 PM 0.72 L
11/25 Sat 5:27 AM 6.84 H
In Short: Chance of showers, partial clearing, rainy and windy, then drying.