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High Surf for All Oregon Coast; Washington Coast High Winds | Snow in Passes

Upated 02/25/21
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

High Surf for S. Oregon Coast; Washington Coast High Winds | Snow in Passes

(Portland, Oregon) – UPDATED: HIGH SURF ADVISORY ADDED FOR N. OREGON COAST. Extra caution will be needed on the beaches of Oregon this week, and possibly the passes to and from the coast.

Quite a mixed bag of weather and surf conditions are heading to the Oregon and Washington coast over the next few days, with a high surf advisory soon to be in effect for Oregon’s coast and parts of the Washington coast under high wind and flooding advisories. Large waves are predicted for Oregon’s northern half as well, and to top it off there will be snow in the higher elevations of the Coast Range over the weekend.

The National Weather Service (NWS) offices in Medford, Portland and Seattle have sent out various alerts, with a new advisory for the northern half of Oregon's coast just added, along with the southern third of the Washington coast.

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All of the Southern Oregon coast is under a high surf advisory from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday. This includes the towns of Winchester Bay, Coos Bay, Bandon, Gold Beach and Brookings. The advisory for the northern half and the southern third of Washington's coast runs fro 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

The NWS said breaking waves will be 20 to 25 feet onshore. Look out for “hazardous conditions along and within the surf zone, [which] could inundate beaches and low lying shorelines. Beach erosion is possible, and exposed infrastructure may be damaged.”

The bulk of the Oregon coast has already seen some very heavy erosion this winter, with waves having taken out five to ten feet worth of dunes – some of the highest seen in recent years, according to many observers. Storms Take Out Massive Chunks of Oregon Coast Dunes, Some Dangerous 

Out at sea, the NWS has issued a hazardous seas warning for vessels offshore.

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On the northern half of the Oregon coast and southern Washington seas, the NWS is saying combined seas offshore could reach as high as 27 feet. Keep an eye on the Oregon coast weather pages for any such updates.

The advisories for the southern Washington coastline were just added today, but the NWS in Seattle said there was also a high wind advisory in effect through Thursday morning for the central and north Washington coast and a flood watch that ended last night for the Gray’s Harbor area.

On the northern Oregon Coast Range, some amount of snow is expected Saturday in elevations over 2,000 feet. Accumulation of up to 3 inches is possible, which will cause some traffic issues for a time. See Oregon Coast Traffic Conditions


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