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Monday, November 19, 2018 

Active Alerts

There are no watches, warnings or advisories at this time.

Note:  Active Alerts are subject to change and conditions may be different than stated here. 

Whatcom County Weather

We are going to have a sunny day again today with highs in the low 50s across the county except for the higher elevations where it will be 5-10 degrees cooler. Expect patchy fog  this evening and lows in the low to mid 30s. Tomorrow will be partly sunny with highs in the mid 50s. As we move into the evening we’ll see increasing clouds with rain developing. This rain will be with us into Friday as thing stand now. Temperatures will stay much the same - low 50s for highs and low 40s for lows.  f you’re headed toward Mount Baker Ski Resort you’ll run into a mixture of rain and snow through Wednesday night and then it will change over to all snow on Thursday. There will be some accumulation, perhaps three to five inches. If you’re going beyond the ski resort, expect all snow through the entire period and even more accumulations.

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For Coastal Whatcom County winds will be relatively light for the next couple of days. On Tuesday night, winds will begin to increase and Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we could see the winds anywhere from 15-30 knots depending on the timeframe. There are no advisories  at this time, but if this forecast holds, you should expect them to be issued sometime tomorrow or tomorrow night.

Emergency Preparedness

Over the next several months, we can expect the weather to be unsettled and result in periods of rain, a little sunshine and throw in some wind for good measure. There are things we can do to make sure we are prepared.

Be aware of wind chills. So far, temperatures have stayed in the high 40s or low 50s. Add wind to those temperatures and it will feel much colder. Get wet, and the effects will be even worse. Always plan to have extra clothing or blankets along in your vehicle in case you get stranded. Along with that, here’s a few other things.

And there are a few other things, we’ve been talking about

-Expect periods of fog in the early morning at late hours of each day as temperatures cross through the dew point.

-Increased rainfall will saturate the ground increasing the chances of flooding even with minor amounts of precipitation.

-Rivers and streams can rise and fall quickly. Water flowing across the roads can knock a person off their feet and even sweep away larger vehicles like SUVs.

-Water pooling on roads can increase the chances of hydroplaning and losing control of your vehicle.

-Leaves and debris can prevent water from draining properly causing backups in low areas.

-And, heavier rainfall can increase erosion and lead to mud or rockslides.

Stay in front of the weather by listening to the forecast for anything that may cause problems while you’re traveling. Check the Washington State Department of Transportation website for information about mountain passes if you’re traveling over them. One mountain pass may have snow and require chains, while the other may not be affected at all.

Remember, think safety and be prepared!

Contact: Wallace Kost, 360.788.5305, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management