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 "Small Craft Warning" is in effect until 3:00pm this afternoon for south winds 20-30 knots for the east entrance US waters Strait of Juan De Fuca -Northern Inland Waters including the San Juan Islands, and Admiralty Inlet.
Environment Canada has issued a "Gale Warning" for the Strait of Georgia-South of Nanaimo. Winds southeast 25-25 knots diminishing to south 20 knots early this morning then backing to southeast 15-20 knots late this morning. Wind diminishing to southeast 5-15 knots Saturday morning then increasing to southeast 20 knots Saturday evening.
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.
Wet and cooler weather will be with us through the weekend and into the middle of next week. There is some wind in our forecast as well that will carry into tomorrow night especially places like Point Roberts where some gusts could once again reach 40mph. Everyone else is likely to see wind from the south with gusts near 30mph at times. So, the weather today is rain early, then tapering off a little until later this afternoon when the chance of a thunderstorm exists until later in the evening. Southerly winds with gust near 25 mph or a little stronger throughout the day mostly from the south except Sumas where northeast wind will exist. High temperatures will hover around 50 degrees in the lowlands. Maple Falls will be about 45 degrees and Newhalem come in at 41 for a high today. Tonight, rain will continue in most areas with temperatures ranging from 33 in Newhalem to around 40 degrees in other locations. There is likely to be a rain/snow mixture in Newhalem as temperatures get down to the freezing mark and the National Weather Service is pointing toward snow around the 2100 foot-level at night and rising to 2800 feet or so during the day. Expect weekend temperatures and precipitation to be about the same and the wind tapering off after tomorrow night. For the skiers out there, there are some good accumulation forecasts over the next five days. There's nothing posted on the Mt Baker site about an opening date, but can't be too far off if snowfall continues at current pace. They should be posting updates on the Mt Baker site soon.
Rivers and Streams
The Northwest River Forecasts Center is showing that the Nooksack Forks have peaked at Saxon Bridge and Cedarville and are dropping rapidly. Ferndale gauge shows the peak is being reached right about now. No flooding occurred at any of the sites. Looking forward, while there are several fronts out in the Pacific, none of them appear to have enough juice at this time to push the river levels up to any concern level. We will continue to watch for significant developments, but for the time-being the biggest concern would be to watch for any snags if you're on the river or slippery banks if you're on the shore.
The next in a series of frontal systems will move across the inland waters by late this morning. A stronger system crosses the waters on Saturday with another round of stronger winds and building seas. Additional system will reach the waters through much of next week. Winds. Today: SW wind 15-25 knots becoming S 10-20 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2-4'. Rain in the morning then a chance of rain in the afternoon. Tonight: S wind 5-15 knots becoming SE 10-20 knots after midnight. Wind waves 1-3'. A slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening then a slight chance of rain after midnight. Tomorrow: SE wind 15-25 knots rising to 20-30 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 3-4'. Rain likely. Tomorrow Night: S wind 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4'. Sunday. SE wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less. Sunday Night. S wind 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2' or less.. Note. Over the weekend, there are several periods where winds are forecast to cross into the "Small Craft Advisory" realm. The NWS has not yet issued an advisory for those periods but is likely to at some point. Monitor marine weather to ensure you are getting the latest weather and advisory information.
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.
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