NWS warns high surf, beach erosion possible Thursday in Bristol Bay

Nov 18, 2015

Bristol Bay will see storm surge 1-2 feet above high tide; meanwhile up north, a winter storm brings blizzard conditions to Unalakleet.

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The National Weather Service in Anchorage has put a high surf advisory in effect for Bristol Bay Thursday. South winds could create high waves and some beach erosion during the high tide cycle along Bristol Bay’s northwest coast line.

The forecast is calling for seas of 7 to 9 feet and coastal surge 1 to 2 feet above high tide.  NWS says that could create rough surf, rip tides, and high waves through Thursday.  The bigger high tides happen late in the evening. 

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Meanwhile, the Unalakleet area will be under a winter weather warning beginning Thursday morning, according to the NWS Fairbanks office. 

Up to 4 inches of snow is expected in the Eastern Norton Sound area, with 6-to-10 inches accumulating over the Nulato Hills.

The NWS says 50 mile-per-hour winds will cause local blizzard conditions Thursday, limiting visibility to a quarter mile at times.

The winter weather warning remains in effect through Friday afternoon.