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Special Weather Statement

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Portland OR
239 PM PST Thu Dec 31 2020

North Oregon Coast-Central Oregon Coast-
Coast Range of Northwest Oregon-
Central Coast Range of Western Oregon-Willapa Hills-
South Washington Coast-
Including the cities of Astoria, Cannon Beach, Tillamook,
Netarts, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Newport, Cape Foulweather,
Yachats, Florence, Vernonia, Jewell, Sunset Summit, Lees Camp,
Trask, Grande Ronde, Burnt Woods, Tidewater, Swisshome, Veneta,
Willapa, Frances, Elk Mountain, Ryderwood, Raymond, Long Beach,
Ocean Park, Naselle, Cathlamet, and Cape Disappointment
239 PM PST Thu Dec 31 2020


A cold front will push across the region later Friday, with period
of moderate to locally heavy rain. Will be breezy as well, with
southerly winds gusting 35 to 45 mph at times.

A stronger front will push across the region on Saturday into
Saturday night. Periods of heavy rain are expected later Saturday
afternoon into Saturday night. Rain will push streams and rivers
upwards, but flooding is not expected at this time.

South winds will increase Saturday afternoon, running 25 to 35
mph, gusting to 45 mph at times. As usual, winds will be stronger
on the coastal headlands and open beaches, with south winds 35 to
45 mph gusting 55 to 70 mph. Strongest wind will from 4 pm
Saturday through 11 pm Saturday evening.

In addition, expect potentially hazardous surf zone, as winds and
large waves will create a choppy and chaotic and high surf zone.


Coastal Hazard Message

Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service Portland OR
823 AM PST Thu Dec 31 2020

North Oregon Coast-Central Oregon Coast-South Washington Coast-
823 AM PST Thu Dec 31 2020


* WHAT…Sneaker waves possible.

* WHERE…In Washington, South Washington Coast. In Oregon,
North Oregon Coast and Central Oregon Coast.

* WHEN…Through late Friday night.

* IMPACTS…Sneaker waves can knock people off of their feet and
quickly pull them into the frigid ocean which may lead to
serious injury or drowning.


A Beach Hazards Statement is issued when sneaker waves create
potentially life-threatening conditions in the surf zone. Caution
should be used when in or near the water. Always keep an eye on
the waves, and be especially watchful of children.

Keep away from large logs on the beach. Sneaker waves can run up
on the beach lifting or rolling these extremely heavy logs.