These Daily Briefings on Incidents, Advisories, Watches and Warnings, current weather and Emergency Management tips are published Monday through Friday, as well as during times of increased awareness or actual events.
Train Derailment Update. Incident Number 20-4465 has been assigned to this event.
The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic until at least February 21, 2021. This includes both vehicular and boating between the countries.
The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. Information about Whatcom County’s response to COVID-19 is available at the Joint Information Center’s COVID-19 website.
Advisories, Watches and Warnings
There are no advisories, watches or warning for our area today.
Whatcom County Inland Weather
A chance for rain will continue until early afternoon today changing over to showers which will continue into this evening. Temperatures today will reach the mid-40s in most areas but Newhalem will only get to 39 degrees for the high. Wind will be less than 10 mph from the south/southeast. Lows tonight will drop into the upper 30s for most areas although Maple Falls will be around the freezing mark and Newhalem will check in at 29 degrees. Tomorrow’s temperatures will about the same as today but there will be decreasing clouds and some parts of the county will see the sun from time to time. The wind will continue to be light and multi-directional. There is a chance for moisture to return to the area on Thursday.
All forks of the Nooksack River have peaked and are either leveled off or beginning to drop which will continue throughout the day. The cause for Slater Rd as well as a few other locations yesterday was the result of water pooling and not river flooding. Pooled water can sometimes take a little longer to drop in level as it has to be absorbed into the ground. Check the Whatcom County Public Works “Road Closure” webpage for a list of closed roads.
For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County southeast winds today will remain less than 20 knots with wind waves of one to three feet. Tomorrow wind will switch to a more northerly direction but remain 15 knots or less. Southwest winds at 10 knots are predicted for tomorrow night.
Everyone in Washington State is directed to wear a face covering while at any indoor public space and any outdoor public space where you may be within 6 feet of someone who does not live with you. You can find more info about face coverings and other protective actions here and here.