On August 18th, Governor Inslee ordered a statewide mask mandate. Please see the Governor's website at the following URL: https://www.governor.wa.gov/
COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect.
The United States has announced that fully vaccinated, non-citizen travelers with appropriate documentation will be permitted to enter the United States for non-essential travel via land Ports Of Entry and ferry terminals starting on November 8, 2021 and has released this fact sheet to assist those entering the United States. https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/29/fact-sheet-guidance-travelers-enter-us-land-ports-entry-and-ferry-terminals.
Canada allows fully vaccinated Americans to visit Canada with these Canadian requirements: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/gbi-rgf-eng.html.
A "Gale Warning" is in effect until 11:00pm this evening for south winds 25-35 mph for the east entrance US waters Strait of Juan De Fuca -Northern Inland Waters including teh San Juan Islands, and Admiralty Inlet.
Environment Canada has issued a "Strong Wind Warning" for the Strait of Georgia-South of Nanaimo. Wind southeast 10-15 knots increasing to southeast 15-25 knots this morning then veering to southwest 25 knots this afternoon with gusts to 30 knots . Wind backing to southeast 15-20 knots this evening then increasing to southeast 20-30 knots near midnight. Wind diminishing to southeast 10-16 knots Friday morning then increasing to southeast 15-20 knots near noon Friday.
Beginning November 6th and continuing through November 11th, we will see our first period of King Tides which will be around the ten foot level. Additional periods will occur in December and January. Strong westerly winds can sometimes cause spray or even a "pushing" effect to carry water onto roadways that are at sea level. Nothing is forecast at this time other than we are entering the Kind Tide season.
See the Washington State Department of Transportation website for intermittent lane closures on i-5 and SR-11 along Interstate 5 at milepost 250 near Old Fairhaven Parkway and along State Route 11 just west of I-5. This will go from October 20 through November 30.
Rain continues today across the county with temperatures still reaching to the mid to upper 50s in most locations. Expect lows tonight in the low to mid-40s. There will be some wind today with gusts mostly from the south near 40 mph along the coast and part of the interior. Sumas will have northeast winds today switching later to an east/southeast direction. Everyone else can expect a southerly wind. Rain will continue overnight and the wind will as well but will taper off somewhat tomorrow. There will be a change in the temperatures as it will be about five degrees cooler for the high and low. And, if you're up in Newhalem, temperatures will be near the freezing mark with rain/snow mixtures in the forecast through the weekend. At the ski resort, it looks like there will be some snow accumulation over the next five days as well.
Rivers and Streams
The Northwest River Forecasts Center has updated there outlook for the Nooksack River and it looks like we're going to see a bit more water flowing into the river system than originally thought. While there is no river flooding forecast, the levels are forecast to rival those of last week's rise. You should expect the level to begin rising today with the higher levels continuing for the next 36 hours or so. The Saxon Bridge gauge is showing the river already starting an upward trend with Ferndale likely to see that occurring in the next 6-12 hours. Small streams may exceed their banks in locations and low spots could see water pooling. Remember, traveling through standing water may conceal the water's actual depth and water flowing over the road can move vehicles as large as SUVs. The best choice is to not drive through it and instead, turn around and find an alternate route.
A frontal system move across the waters today. Several additinola fronts will cross the waters through early next week. Winds. Today: SE winds 25-35 knots. Wind waves 4-6'. Rain. Tonight: SW wind 25-35 knots becoming SE 15-25 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2-4'. Rain in the evening then rain likely after midnight. Tomorrow: S wind 20-30 knots easing to 15-25 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 3-5. Rain. Tomorrow Night: S wind 10-20 knots becoming E after midnight. Wind waves 1-3. Note. Once the "Gale Warning" expires this evening, winds will still be in the "Small Craft Advisory" category. Expect the National Weather Service to follow the Gale Waring with a Small Craft Advisory. Monitor Marine Weather for short-notice changes.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
While this is a great time of year, everyone needs to be prepared in the event they find that their planned weekend in the woods does not go the way they intended, and here are a few tips:
Back Country Medical Kit
You definitely need to carry a first aid kit, and for most people and most injuries the following is a good place to start when you are going out in the back country even for a day. There are lots of good sources on the Internet to find kits but the following list is primarily centered around patching cuts and cleaning wounds in an emergency:
Back Country Preparedness Kit
As with your first aid kit, there are lots of good sources on the Internet to find kits and the following suggestions are a good place to start, especially if you are going into the foothills and mountains in our area:
Both the medical and preparedness items listed here are considered to be the minimum a person should take with them. They are not intended to be the only things or to suggest that you do not need anything else. You can find good information locally at:
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.