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
Today, expect high temperatures in the upper 60 to around 70 especially Sumas and Maple Falls. Southerly winds gusting between 20-24 mph Point Roberts and Sumas. Lighter winds for the remainder of the county. Lows tonight, around 50 degrees. Tomorrow highs about the same as today, perhaps a few degrees cooer. Tomorrow night lows will be in the mid-40s. Showers will continue tomorrow and tomorrow night and then rain on Saturday. Temperatures will continue to be moderate but we remain in the wet pattern.
River and Stream Conditions
No issues posed by the rain for our rivers and streams. There may be a foot or two rise but levels will still be well within banks. 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
A passing frontal system today will bring increased winds to the coastal waters while a stronger system late Saturday and into Sunday will have a wider impact on both coastal and interior waters. Seas are expected to increase with each passing system. Winds. Today: Tonight: S wind to 10 kt rising to 5 to 15 kt after midnight. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Rain. Tomorrow: SW wind 15 to 25 kt becoming S 5 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft subsiding to 2 ft or less in the afternoon. Scattered showers. Tomorrow Night: W wind to 10 kt becoming NW after midnight. Wind waves 1 ft or less. A chance of showers in the evening then a chance of rain after midnight.
Note: Looks like there could be some wind in the Small Craft Advisory level tomorrow. There are no advisories yet; however, monitor marine weather in case one is posted a little later today.
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.