A Mixed Bag

By: NewportOr , 4:02 PM GMT on November 26, 2013

26Nov2013 - Newport, Oregon

Summary: Already a number of visitors are showing up at the coast for this holiday week, and they enjoyed another sunny and relatively warm day yesterday. A few high clouds drifting by, a light east wind of 10-12 knots, and temperatures pushing 60F. It was nearly ideal for anytime of year, let alone the end of November. Central Coast communities had remained above freezing overnight so it was an easier rebound to the warmer afternoon highs.

Past 24 hours high/low...
Lincoln City/Depoe Bay: 59F/43F
Newport: 58F/38F
Yachats/Waldport: 55F/38F

Forecast: A definite change this morning as some clouds moved in, but this is only expected to be a short term issue. Now through the first part of the weekend, there should be a mix of both sun and clouds, and only a very slight chance of some sprinkles tonight. Then, dry for Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping. Highs in the mid-50s with lows around 40F or so. Could see a quick blast of SE breeze tonight, up to 20 knots, before it falls light again tomorrow. Outlook is for a major change by the weekend, probably sometime Saturday, to a more typical pattern. It appears a front will be arriving then with increasing southerly winds and a decent potential for moderate rain and seasonal temperatures in the 40s and 50s. By early next week, there is a possibility of colder air arriving from the arctic with a chance for some mixed rain and snow showers to start off December. For our holiday travelers, it still looks like good conditions to and from the coast on Highways 18/20 tomorrow and Turkey Day, with wet and breezy conditions on the way home Sunday. Passes look to be well above freezing throughout the period.

Marine: Benign conditions this morning with seas running 3-4 feet and SE winds in the 10-15 knot range. With the minor weather disturbance coming through tonight, there could be gusts up to 25 knots, and a Small Craft Advisory has been issued for the waters past 10 miles offshore. Seas are expected to build a little through the next couple of days, probably into the 6-8 foot range, but lightening winds again tomorrow and Friday. The Depoe Bay and Yaquina Bay bars remain unrestricted today. With commercial crabbing season pushed back to at least December 15th, the fleet can watch this weekend's storm system from shore. Will probably see just under gale force winds and bigger seas by Sunday.

On the Beach...
Sun and cloud mix, light winds, surf 3-4 feet
11/26 Tue 12:59 PM 2.97 L
11/26 Tue 06:29 PM 5.77 H
11/27 Wed 12:28 AM 2.03 L
11/27 Wed 07:21 AM 7.77 H

In Short: More clouds, mild, storm by the weekend.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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