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:
According to the WSDOT website, SR 20 (Cascades Highway) is expected to open sometime the week. No actual date was set at the time of this posting.
INLAND WEATHER: A wet weather pattern is setting up for the work week with showers and/or rain through Friday. At this time, it does not look to be excessive but, if you're driving, make sure your tires and windshield wipers are in good shape. Temperatures will remain in the mid-50s with a few upper 50s in the Pt Roberts/Sumas area. Lows will drop into the low to mid-40s for most but Newhalem will still see some upper 30 readings. Wind will not be a problem with most days seeing a southerly breeze of 10-15 mph with Pt Roberts having some gusts get to 20 mph. While not a huge factor, the snow level will drop to 2500' level in the evening rising to the 3500' level. No accumulation is expected at the lower levels and the ground is warm enough to melt most snow at the higher levels; however, having said that, always treat road conditions with respect when snow is falling as it doesn't take much to get a vehicle sliding once any slush or snow lingers on the roads.
RIVERS AND STREAMS:
The Nooksack River level is projected to drop ever so slowly with a small rise later this week. There are no issues toThe showers will have little effect on the level and flow. At this time, all the readings remain well below the banks. 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
Generally quiet weather over area waters through the start of the week with daily pushes through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The next weather system will arrive late Wednesday. Winds. Today: SW wind to 10 kt becoming S in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. A slight chance of showers in the morning then a chance of showers in the afternoon. Tonight: SW wind 15 to 25 kt easing to 10 to 20 kt after midnight. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. A slight chance of showers. Tomorrow: S wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. A chance of showers. Tomorrow Night: SW wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or les
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
While we are starting to come out of winter, it's important to remember, the weather at lower elevations is not what you will experience at the 5000-6000' levels. Temperatures difference of 10-15 degrees or more can result in heavy rain in the lowlands and heavy snow in the upper elevations or crossing the passes. As we cross into April and May the chances for that continue to drop but a stray weather system can still result in hazardous driving conditions. With that in mind continue to be diligent. Things to be aware of:
Have your car checked to make sure all parts are in good working order. Tires should have good tread, all lights should be working, and windshield wipers should be changed if they do not provide a clean sweep of moisture on the windshield.
If there is snow on your vehicle, clean as much snow off your vehicle as possible. Windows should be completely clean for maximum visibility. Snow left on the hood of your vehicle can blow across your windshield and fog or cloud up inside due to the temperature change (another reason to clean all snow off your vehicle). Headlights, brake lights, direction lights, etc. should all be clean again to make other drivers see you and know your intentions.
Make sure you have a Winter Safety Kit in you car that contains: flashlight with extra batteries, cell phone and charger, extra blanket and clothes, high-energy food and water, games to keep children occupied, small shovel, sand or mat for traction if you encounter icy conditions, among other things deemed necessary.
If you are running your car to remain warm, remember to leave a window open to prevent a build-up of carbon monoxide.
Before leaving on a trip, call ahead and let someone know the time you are departing and your route of travel. Likewise, upon arrival at your destination, let contact know you have arrived.
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.