Coastal forecaster, weather observer and offshore sailor specializing in the local nuances of Central Oregon Coast weather for residents and visitors.
By: NewportOr , 4:27 PM GMT on November 29, 2013
29Nov2013 - Newport, Oregon
Summary: There was almost a sense of guilt yesterday for people who fell victim to a post-Thanksgiving dinner, tryptophan-fueled nap while the sun was shining and temps were around 60F. For those who remained awake, only light east winds, 10 knots or so, helped keep outdoor activities pleasurable on Turkey Day. Mostly clear overnight, but temperatures dropping into the low-30s created a chilly, even frosty, start this morning as Black Friday shoppers headed out the door at oh-dark-thirty. Just starting to see some clouds come in from the north, a harbinger of things to come.
Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 55F/43F
Forecast: We're now into a period of change, slowly beginning today with additional cloud cover and an outside chance of a little very light rain. Highs in the mid-50s today, lows in the low 40s tonight. Light north winds. Tomorrow, mostly cloudy, slightly increased chance of rain, and temperatures hovering around 50F (day and night), winds slowly backing to the west. Sunday through Monday is where we still expect to see a major change with a wet and possibly windy stretch. Rainfall amounts could exceed 2 inches. Outlook is that sometime Monday night we'll see yet another major change as really cold air begins arriving from Alaska. Though it is always tricky predicting snowfall at the lower elevation here, there remains a chance that we could see a little on Tuesday. Then, clear and cold with highs around freezing and lows in the mid-to-lower 20s through the rest of the week.
Special Section - Holiday Travel: It's all in the timing. The lowering of the snow level for the Coast Range probably won't happen until early Monday morning, so passes on Highways 18 and 20 should be drivable to and from the Central Coast at the end of the holiday weekend. However, if you have to travel over the Cascades, snow is possible on the highway passes by late Sunday.
Marine: Light winds and seas running about 6 feet this morning; and not much in the way of worry for the next 24-36 hours. Seas could hit 8 feet briefly later today, but then subside overnight. Depoe Bay bar is restricted to vessels 24 feet and under today, while Yaquina Bay bar is unrestricted. Winds are expected to back right around the compass over the weekend from N to W to S by Sunday, and increase then to 20-25 knots with gusts near gale force. Seas probably hitting the low teens by then, too.
On the Beach...
Mild, mostly cloudy, light winds, surf 6-8 feet
11/29 Fri 08:40 AM 8.78 H
11/29 Fri 03:33 PM 0.51 L
11/29 Fri 09:55 PM 6.51 H
11/30 Sat 03:01 AM 2.8 L
11/30 Sat 09:20 AM 9.32 H
In Short: becoming mostly cloudy, wet Sunday, cold next week
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