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-Incident Hotline - Saturday, November 16, 2019 (4:37 pm update)                   CHECK OUT OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BLOG!

There are no active incidents at this time.  

Advisories, Watches and Warnings:

A "small craft advisory" is in effect until Sunday at 4:00pm for south winds 15-30 knots.

Whatcom County Weather

Rain will continue throughout the day and will increase in intensity especially as you head towards the foothill which includes Maple Falls and NewHalem.  Several inches of rain are expected during the next 24 hour period.  As we get to Monday, we will see mostly showers.  Breezy conditions will also exist for coastal Whatcom County as well as the ski area.  Temperatures will continue around the 50 degree mark for highs and the low to mid 40s for lows. Temperatures will be cooler Tuesday night.  So, for the western part of the county, expect rain today and tomorrow with wind from the south  or southeast around 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph. The rain and winds will continue into tomorrow.  Temperatures will be around 50 today and mid-40s tonight. Rain continues into tomorrow as does the wind.  For the foothills including Maple Falls, rain will be heavy tonight. Winds will be highest in Sumas where gusts could reach 25 mph from the south or southwest.  Temperatures will be around 50 for the high and mid 40s for lows. Tomorrow will be about the same but the winds will die off somewhat.  The ski area will see rain tonight and tomorrow with winds from the south/southwest tonight that could see gusts to 29 mph. Temperatures will be in the low 40s for highs and upper 30s for lows.  NewHalem could see heavy rain tonight and tomorrow.  Winds will be light and variable.  Temperatures will be around 50 for the high and 42 for the low.

The Nooksack River will experience a pretty significant spike from the rain today and over night.  There is no flooding expected from this current spike but it will be significant.  It will take a couple of days for the runoff to work its way through the river system so beginning early Sunday morning the South Fork will see the first increase with Cedarville tol follow Sunday into Monday and Ferndale Monday into Tuesday.  The spike won't last long but if you are on or near the river, be prepared to leave the area you are at and move to higher ground if the situation demands it.

Coastal Weather for Lummi Nation, Birch Bay, Lummi Island, Strait of Georgia, Pt. Roberts, Bellingham, and Blaine 

A "Small Craft Advisory" is in effect until 4:00 pm Sunday for winds ranging from 15-30 knots causing three to five foot wind waves.  Tonight and tomorrow winds will be from the southeast at 20-30 knots dropping to 15-25 knots early and then 10-20 knots tomorrow night.  After midnight tomorrow they should decrease further to 10 knots or less and wind waves will subside to less than one foot.  Environment Canada has issues a Gale Warning for the Strait of Georgia including the area South of Nanaimo for winds increasing to 25-35 knots frou the southeast after  midnight and then switching to the south and diminishing to 15-25 knots after midnight.  Winds will be light tomorrow afternoon.

 High tide at Cherry Point for the next few days looks like this:

Expect the next high tide today at 5:48 pm; it will be  7.8’

Sunday, November 17, 2019:  9:48 am – 9.6’ and 6:28 pm 7.4’

Monday, November 18, 2019: 10:42 am – 9.6’ and 7:24 pm – 6.9’

Cherry Point Tides
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Emergency Preparedness

First, if you haven’t put your Winter Safety Kit in your vehicle yet, now is a great time to do so. What should be in it? Washington State Department of transportation lists these items on their website: first aid kit, cellphone charger, flashlight, water and snacks, ice scraper and snow brush, boots, gloves, and warm clothes, jumper cables, flares, tire chains, and music or games. I would add a shovel for snow and some sand or cat litter to aid in aiding your tires gain traction when dealing with ice.

Second, watch for frost on bridges, along the sides of the road, or anywhere where the road is shaded by trees, hills, buildings, or mountains. Also, with the sun shifting farther south, frost will not burn off the road as fast. It doesn’t take much for the tires on your vehicle to lose traction when frost is around. Traveling to higher elevations can also put you in a position where lower temperatures could allow frost to form.

Third, we’re going to see some steady rain beginning Saturday. No flooding is expected from these systems but it will saturate the ground once again. And since we’re entering that period when we get more rain it won’t take a lot of heavy rain to cause small streams and rivers to rise quickly and possibly flood lower areas. Remember, do not attempt to cross water flowing over roads; it only takes three to six inches of fast moving water to knock you off your feet and few more inches on top of that to move vehicles as large as SUVs.

Finally, please remove any leaves covering a storm drain or plugging a culvert. This will go a long way toward helping prevent or at least reducing the impacts of lower area flooding.

Remember, think safety and be prepared!  This hotline is not updated on weekends or holidays unless an incident occurs.

Contact: Wallace Kost, 360.778.7165, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management