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Incident Hotline - Wednesday, November 13, 2019                   CHECK OUT OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BLOG!

There are no active incidents at this time.  

Advisories, Watches and Warnings:

There are no advisories, watches, or warning for our area at this time.

Whatcom County Weather

Today will be a fairly dry day with some periods of sun. Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with tomorrow starting out dry but giving way to showers later. Expect wet conditions into Sunday at this time with some periods of heavy rain in the Maple Falls and NewHalem areas Saturday night into Sunday. Temperatures will remain around 50s degrees for the lower parts of the county with higher elevations reaching around 40. Lows will run in the mid 40s for lower areas of the county and mid 30s in the upper elevations. Elevations beyond those of the ski area will see some snow. For Bellingham east toward the foothills expect partly sunny skies today and mostly cloudy skies tonight. High temperatures will be around 50 degrees. Lows tonight will be in the mid 40s. Winds will under 10 mph from the north or east. Tomorrow will be cloudy with showers developing later in the day. Temperatures will be about the same as Wednesdays. The ski area will see some wind from the south at 13-15 mph during the day and into the evening with some gusts reaching 21 mph. Expect the rain to continue.

Coastal Weather for Lummi Nation, Birch Bay, Lummi Island, Strait of Georgia, Pt. Roberts, Bellingham, and Blaine 

Winds today and tomorrow will be in the 5-15 knot range from the north today and southeast tomorrow. Wind waves will be two feet or less. Tomorrow night winds are expected to increase sometime to 15-25 knots and wind waves will increase to two to four feet. While there is no small craft advisory issued yet, when winds reach the 15-25 knot range we usually see one issued so monitor marine weather for that to occur.

High tide at Cherry Point for the next few days looks like this:

Expect the next high tide today at 4:23 pm; it will reach 8.2’

Thursday, November 14, 2019:  7:21 am – 9.3’ and 4:47 pm – 8.1’

Friday, November 15, 2019:  8:07 am – 9.5’ and 5:15 pm – 8.0’

Saturday, November 16, 2019: 8:56 am – 9.6’ and 5:48 pm – 7.8’

Sunday, November 17, 2019:  9:48 am – 9.6’ and 6:28 pm 7.4’

Monday, November 18, 2019: 10:42 am – 9.6’ and 7:24 pm – 6.9’

Cherry Point Tides
November 13thHigh Tide1623
8.17
November 13th
Low tide
2343
-0.97
November 14th
High Tide
0721
9.30
November 14th
Low Tide
1230
6.41
November 14th
High Tide
1647
8.08
November 15th
Low Tide
0018
-1.27

Emergency Preparedness

First, if you haven’t put your Winter Safety Kit in your vehicle yet, now is a great time to do so. What should be in it? Washington State Department of transportation lists these items on their website: first aid kit, cellphone charger, flashlight, water and snacks, ice scraper and snow brush, boots, gloves, and warm clothes, jumper cables, flares, tire chains, and music or games. I would add a shovel for snow and some sand or cat litter to aid in aiding your tires gain traction when dealing with ice.

Second, watch for frost on bridges, along the sides of the road, or anywhere where the road is shaded by trees, hills, buildings, or mountains. Also, with the sun shifting farther south, frost will not burn off the road as fast. It doesn’t take much for the tires on your vehicle to lose traction when frost is around. Traveling to higher elevations can also put you in a position where lower temperatures could allow frost to form.

Third, we’re going to see some steady rain beginning Saturday. No flooding is expected from these systems but it will saturate the ground once again. And since we’re entering that period when we get more rain it won’t take a lot of heavy rain to cause small streams and rivers to rise quickly and possibly flood lower areas. Remember, do not attempt to cross water flowing over roads; it only takes three to six inches of fast moving water to knock you off your feet and few more inches on top of that to move vehicles as large as SUVs.

Finally, please remove any leaves covering a storm drain or plugging a culvert. This will go a long way toward helping prevent or at least reducing the impacts of lower area flooding.

Remember, think safety and be prepared!  This hotline is not updated on weekends or holidays unless an incident occurs.

Contact: Wallace Kost, 360.778.7165, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management