COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic until at least April 21, 2021
There are currently no Advisories, Watches or Warnings for Whatcom County.
Dry weather takes over for a couple of days. High pressure building will lead to dry and favorable conditions. There will still be a lot of cloud cover as the air continues to be very moist, but no showers will be seen through Saturday afternoon. There will be no marginal overnight freeze potential either due to the presence of thick cloud cover. By late Saturday, the tail end of a system that sits across the border into Canada could scrape the region and result in a couple light showers late day, but otherwise it will just be dry. Winds will remain generally light. Overall, no concerns through Saturday. The weather will remain dry Saturday night with some partial clearing skies but temperatures will remain fairly constant due to south winds increasing. We will see showers develop as early as around noon on Sunday and then increasing through the day. Cold air rushes in aloft in the evening, dropping snow levels likely to around 500ft. As a result, there will be a chance for some lowland wet flurries especially during periods of heavier precipitation but no accumulation. Showers will then taper off shortly after midnight and then the pattern looks to dry up again early next week.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal for this time of year and there is no likelihood of flooding.
For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County high pressure will remain over area waters through Saturday. Another front will arrive Sunday, bringing another round of breezy winds and building seas to the area waters. While today and tomorrow winds will remain between 5 and 15 knots, by Sunday winds are expected to build to 20-30 knots, with wind waves of 3-5 feet.
A tsunami can kill or injure people and damage or destroy buildings and infrastructure as waves come in and go out. A tsunami is a series of enormous ocean waves caused by earthquakes, underwater landslides, volcanic eruptions, or asteroids. A tsunami in Whatcom County could reach between 10-20’ and cause flooding and disrupt transportation, power, communications, and the water supply. You can prepare for the potential of a tsunami in Whatcom County:
There is also a wealth of information on Tsunami preparedness on Ready.Gov. You can also contact the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management at 360.676.6681 for additional information.
Washington State residents are 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 on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.
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