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
As a county, we will continue to see the chance for precipitation through Tuesday according to the NWS. That does not mean we will not see breaks in the clouds from time to time with the sun breaking through for a short period; but, overall, it's going to be a wet five days. Temperatures will show a little cooling trend as well with the high today nearing 70 degrees but only 64 degrees on Sunday. Overnight lows will drop into the low 50s. There is no strong front pushing through so winds will be on the lighter side, under 15 mph. from a southerly direction. One of the things to watch out for is whether the rain has any great impact on the snowmelt. There remains a lot of snow in the higher elevations and how fast that melts, coupled with the rainfall could affect some of our rivers and streams.
Rivers and Streams
The National Weather Service has scaled back the amount of rain expected form the weather system that passed through yesterday. As a result, there was a recalibration of the expected peak river level which now has all forks of the Nooksack River well below flood stage. Keep in mind, there is a lot of snowmelt that is still poised to drain over the next several months. A combination of very warm temperatures coupled with heavy rainfall could change the picture at some point in the future. Also remember, the water in the Nooksack River 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
A weak front will reach the waters by early Saturday. Stronger onshore flow develops over the waters late in the weekend into early next week, with high pressure building later next week. Winds. Today: S wind to 10 kt becoming 5 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Patchy fog in the morning then areas of fog in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers in the morning then a slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Tonight: S wind 5 to 15 kt becoming to 10 kt after midnight. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Rain likely in the evening then a chance of rain after midnight. Tomorrow: S wind to 10 kt. Wind waves 1 ft or less. A chance of showers. Tomorrow Night: SW wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. SUNDAY: W wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. SUNDAY NIGHT SW wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.
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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