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.
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
A “Winter Weather Advisory” is in effect until 1:00 pm this afternoon. Additional snow accumulations of up to eight inches are possible. This includes the Mt Baker Ski Area.
Whatcom County Inland Weather
From time to time today, we’ll have breaks in the clouds where the sun can shine through, but it won’t last. There is more rain on the way with the steady rain coming this weekend. Temperatures continue to reach into the mid-40s while the lows will stay in the upper 30s for the lower areas of Whatcom County while the higher elevations can expect temperatures 5-10 degrees colder. Winds will increase tomorrow night into Sunday generally from the south gusting to around 30 mph or higher in the Blaine area. Point Roberts will see south/southeast wind gusts near 35 mph. Newhalem will see a chance for some snow over the next several days; accumulations could range between four and nine inches.
With the rain continuing into next week, all forks of the Nooksack River will rise substantially over current levels. They will remain below flood level, but expect a rapid rise beginning Monday and then just as quick a drop on Tuesday.
For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County winds today will stay under 20 knots from the south with wind waves of one to three feet. Tonight look for southeast winds dropping to 5-15 knots after midnight. Tomorrow, winds will begin from the west and then switch to the southwest 10-20 knots. Saturday night, wind form the south/southeast will increase to 20-30 knots with wind waves of three to five feet. These winds will continue into Sunday night. Small Craft Advisories are likely to be issued sometime tomorrow, monitor marine weather.
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.