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February 17, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Razor clam diggers need to be aware as powerful waves are expected to hit the coast on Saturday

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Those planning on digging up some razor clams should be aware of severe weather hitting the coast.

Powerful waves are expected to arrive on the north and central coast by Saturday morning.

A high surf with westerly swells are expected to build to 21 to 24 feet during early Saturday before subsiding by the evening. Large waves are expected to arrive around high tide (plus-9.8 feet) at 9:45 a.m. on the central coast.

This will also make it very dangerous to fish or for wave watchers on rocks, breakwaters and jetties.

Razor clam digging is open this Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 18-19) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks. No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon.

Copalis Beach is closed and not included in the planned upcoming two-day dig, so diggers will need to observe the boundary between Mocrocks Beach and Copalis Beach, which are adjacent to one another north of Grays Harbor. The Copalis Beach areas lie south of the Copalis River and includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis. Kalaloch Beach is also closed.

Low tides: Saturday, Feb.18, 0.0 feet at 4:13 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 19, minus-0.2 feet at 5 p.m.

More digs are also planned in March, April and May, and will likely change over to morning hour low tides.

Once the February digs are completed they plan to announce additional digs in March soon after.

(Photo by Ryan Nakata)

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