The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a High Surf Advisory for the Washington Coast from 10am Saturday morning through 10pm Saturday night.
Swells are expected to reach 21-24 feet and will impact the shoreline significantly.
Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is cautioning all citizens to remain very alert along the beaches during the evening clam digs on Saturday and Sunday.
Chuck Wallace, Deputy Director of Emergency Management for Grays Harbor County, reminds diggers “DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK TO THE SEA!”
Waves will travel much faster and farther up beaches than normal. Rip currents and significant beach erosion will occur.
Use extreme caution around jetties, rocks and the shoreline. Waves can easily knock unsuspecting clam diggers down and sweep them into the ocean.
Be wary of debris being thrown over jetties, rocks and upon the shore by the large surf. Stay away from trees and logs being washed upon the beaches.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved this month’s evening dig at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks beaches after marine toxin tests showed that the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.
The evening low tide Saturday February 18th is at 4:13 p.m. and on Sunday, February at 5:00 p.m.