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; however, there are several areas that will need to have emergency repairs this spring/summer/fall. Traffic control lights are placed at those locations. Long delays should be expected especially over long weekends and holidays. In addition to emergency repairs there are areas where normal road maintenance is scheduled along with several culvert replacements for fish passage. Check WSDOT website for current conditions before traveling.
Inland Whatcom County Weather
Today will be the nicest day this week. Temperatures will range from about 70 along the coast to 77 degrees or so in Sumas, and Maple Falls. Winds will be light from the west less than 10 mph. As the day progresses, we can expect more clouds and eventually, rain. Rain is expected to continue overnight and into tomorrow before tapering off tomorrow night. Overnight lows tonight should be in the mid-50s. Highs tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 60s. The wind will shift a little to the south and will be a little stronger (perhaps 10-15 mph), but still nothing excessive. Then on Thursday, we'll see then chance of rain or showers once again and the wet weather will continue into Saturday. The National Weather Service is predicting about 1.5 inches of rain in the lowlands and as much as 3-4 inches of rain in the higher elevations through Friday.
Rivers and Streams
A weather system is setting up in the Pacific that is going to funnel a significant amount of rain our way over the next four days or so. Normally, we wouldn't be talking about the possibility of some roads having water on them, but this is a little unique. There are several lower areas that could see water on the road including Slater Road west of I-5, being one of them. If you're planning activities along the banks of the Nooksack or even thinking you can use the bedrock next to the river, don't. The runoff will be enough to fill the banks fairly full. Currents will be strong. In addition, the water will be extremely cold so hypothermia should be at the forefront of your mind as well. 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
Weak winds under weak high pressure over the waters Tuesday. A decaying front crosses the waters Tuesday night into early Wednesday. After a brief lull, a much stronger front crosses the waters late Thursday. Winds. Today: Light wind becoming NW to 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 ft or less. Tonight: W wind 5 to 15 kt becoming SE to 10 kt after midnight. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. A chance of rain. Tomorrow: S wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 ft or less. A slight chance of rain. Tomorrow Night: SW wind to 10 kt. Wind waves 1 ft or less.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
With the type of spring we've been having, vegetation has had exceptional growing conditions. The problem will begin to develop when the wet weather begins to subside and temperatures continue to warm up. As the vegetation dries out, the risk of fire danger begins to increase. Dry vegetation next to one's home or other building can ignite easily and transfer the fire to the structure. Likewise, tall grass and bushed that reach into the trees can act as ladder fuels and enable fire to climb into the trees which can then be moved by embers farther and faster. Now is the time to begin removing excess vegetation before it reaches that higher risk category.
Now also is the time when a lot of us are planting flowers and shrubs around our homes and yards. When selecting flowers or shrubs, it is highly recommended that you plant native flowers and shrubs as these types of vegetation naturally grow here. Plants that are not native may dry out faster, have oils that could produce hotter flames, and ignite faster than native plants. Firewise is a national program that provides some guidance on how to prepare your home for wildfire.
Information concerning face coverings and other protective actions can be found on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.
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