Advisories, Watches and Warnings:
Whatcom County Weather:
Whatcom County weather will be wet for the remainder of the week with rain in the lower areas of the county and a mixture of snow or rain and snow in the higher elevations. Snow levels will rise to six or seven thousand feet later this week. Combined with the rain, we will see increased melting and rising river levels. Temperatures will continue to reach the mid-40s for highs and even 50 by Friday from Maple Falls west to the coastline. Lows will not drop much at night and stay in the 40s. Higher elevations will be cooler but even the ski resort area will see 40 degrees for the high on Friday.
Saturated soils will keep the risk of landslides elevated.The Northwest Avalanche Center continues to show the Cascades of Whatcom County have a “Considerable” avalanche danger. More information is available at their website (https://www.nwac.us/)
With regards to the Nooksack River, it’s important to keep an eye on all forks of the river as we head towards Friday. The rain coupled with snow melt will result in small streams and all forks of the river to rise substantially. There are no flood watches or advisories issued yet, but pay close attention the next few days for updates on river level changes. You can see the Forecasts & Current River Conditions here or by visiting the Whatcom County Public Works River and Flood website.
Coastal Weather for Whatcom County:
For the Inland Coastal Waters including those of Whatcom County, winds will drop to 5-15 knots from the southeast later today accompanied by one to three foot wind waves. Tonight they are projected to increase to 15-25 knots along with wind waves of two to four feet. These winds are expected to carry into tomorrow. There is no “Small Craft Advisory” issued yet, but it is likely one will be issued later today if the forecast holds.
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Here are a few emergency management reminders:
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Remember, think safety and be prepared!
The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management Daily Briefing is issued Monday through Friday during normal operations. During Incidents this Daily Briefing is updated as appropriate 24/7.