Sever Weather Damage 21-18 Emergency Proclamation by the Governor: Covers the severe wind and rainstorm event that began on November 12, 2021. https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/21-18%20-%20Severe%20Weather%20Damage%20%28tmp%29.pdf
ADVISORIES, WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
SR-20 (North Cascade Highway) is open but the temperatures still drop to levels where there is a possibility of snow from time to time. Expect the unexpected.
Inland Whatcom County Weather
Look for highs in the mid-60s over the next couple of days with lows in the upper 40s to around 50 degrees. Winds will be from the south and on the lighter side-10 mph or less. Increasing clouds today could produce some showers late and rain overnight. Tomorrow, expect mostly cloudy skies but the sun could break through from time to time.
River and Stream Conditions
Look for a little bump in the river level Thursday going into Friday. it's not much and it certainly won't cause any problems, But, the rain on Thursday will lea to the bump. Remember, you can always go to the Public Works website and check the river levels - https://www.whatcomcounty.us/666/Forecasts-Current-River-Conditions.
Whatcom County Coastal Weather
High pressure will persist over the waters today. A weak front will reach the area Wednesday with a stronger system arriving Friday. Another system will go by to the south Saturday. Winds. Today: S wind to 10 kt becoming 5 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. A slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Tonight: S wind to 10 kt rising to 5 to 15 kt after midnight. Wind waves 2 ft or less. A slight chance of rain. Tomorrow: SE wind 5 to 15 kt becoming S in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Tomorrow Night: W wind to 10 kt becoming NE after midnight. Wind waves 1 ft or less.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
While we are starting to come out of winter, it's important to remember, the weather at lower elevations is not what you will experience at the 5000-6000' levels. Temperatures difference of 10-15 degrees or more can result in heavy rain in the lowlands and heavy snow in the upper elevations or crossing the passes. As we cross into April and May the chances for that continue to drop but a stray weather system can still result in hazardous driving conditions. With that in mind continue to be diligent. Things to be aware of:
Have your car checked to make sure all parts are in good working order. Tires should have good tread, all lights should be working, and windshield wipers should be changed if they do not provide a clean sweep of moisture on the windshield.
If there is snow on your vehicle, clean as much snow off your vehicle as possible. Windows should be completely clean for maximum visibility. Snow left on the hood of your vehicle can blow across your windshield and fog or cloud up inside due to the temperature change (another reason to clean all snow off your vehicle). Headlights, brake lights, direction lights, etc. should all be clean again to make other drivers see you and know your intentions.
Make sure you have a Winter Safety Kit in you car that contains: flashlight with extra batteries, cell phone and charger, extra blanket and clothes, high-energy food and water, games to keep children occupied, small shovel, sand or mat for traction if you encounter icy conditions, among other things deemed necessary.
If you are running your car to remain warm, remember to leave a window open to prevent a build-up of carbon monoxide.
Before leaving on a trip, call ahead and let someone know the time you are departing and your route of travel. Likewise, upon arrival at your destination, let contact know you have arrived.
Information concerning face coverings and other protective actions can be found on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.
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.