Travel Forecast: Not Bad For Thanksgiving

November 20, 2012

If you’re headed out on the road between Wednesday and Sunday, it doesn’t look too bad.  Just watch out in the Cascades, mainly Wednesday morning, evening, and again briefly Thursday morning.

In the short term, a burst of wind and rain coming up around midnight-3am in the metro area as another small system quickly scoots on through.  A surface low pressure area is offshore and headed to about Olympia by 2am.  We get the south wind after it passes by.  Peak gusts likely the next 3 hours around 50 mph on the Coast and 30-40 mph here in the Valleys.  Likely real up/down gusty wind too since we’ve got heavy showers coming through at the same time.

At 10:15pm lots of lightning just moving onshore between Florence and Lincoln City. 

Radar coverage is just about the worst of the entire USA coastline in this area (especially bad now since NOAA is headquartered in Newport), so the radar returns don’t look very impressive.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen