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UPDATES: Sneaker Wave Threats for Oregon / Washington Coast; Then Sunny, Warm

Published 02/05/22 at 2:13 PM PST
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Sneaker Wave Threat Saturday for Oregon / Washington Coast; Then Sunny, Warm

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(Oregon Coast) – [UPDATED: SNEAKER WAVE THREAT ADDED TO SOUTH COAST FOR SUNDAY] -- Just as a rather warm and sunny week gets underway on the Oregon coast and Washington coast, a sneaker wave advisory comes down from the National Weather Service (NWS) for tonight (Friday) into Saturday, and another set of sneaker waves for the south Oregon coast on Sunday. (Above: Tierra Del Mar)

The sneaker wave advice comes in the form of a Beach Hazards statement, which is not as firm or dire as a sneaker wave warning. The NWS said there is a heightened threat of sneaker waves during Saturday for the southern Washington coast down through the north and central Oregon coast – including the towns of Westport, Long Beach, Seaside, Manzanita, Pacific City, Newport and Yachats.

The southern Oregon coast will then get them on Sunday, including Reedsport, Bandon, Coos Bay and Brookings.

“Waves can run up significantly farther on a beach than normal, including over rocks and jetties," the NWS said. "Sneaker waves can suddenly knock people off of their feet and quickly pull them into the frigid ocean which may lead to serious injury or drowning.”

You should stay out of the water at all costs, the agency said.

The NWS said these are marginal conditions for sneaker waves, with a westerly swell around 9 to 10 ft and a dominant period of 14 seconds.

Sneaker waves can also start lifting or rolling those extremely heavy logs you find on the Oregon coast or Washington coast. Stay well clear of any of those if they're close to the water under any conditions, actually. Those are always dangerous.

“People have been injured after being caught under these logs from sneaker wave action,” the NWS said. “Keep children and pets away from the surf zone. Keep off of jetties, rocks and logs near the surf zone. If you see someone swept into the sea do not swim in after them. Call 911 and keep an eye on them until help arrives.”

On the southern Oregon coast, there are some small craft advisories due to adverse conditions out at sea, but those are not translating to anything more than 10-foot swells for the beaches and cliffs.

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Weather will be stellar for much of the week along the Oregon and Washington coasts, with partly sunny conditions for the weekdays along the bulk of the Washington side and very sunny the farther south you go into Oregon. Down south, places like Bandon will have daytime highs above 60 degrees by midweek, making for downright balmy conditions in some places.

Seas appear to remain calm the remainder of the week, a perfect match for that warmer, spring-like weather.

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