Incident Hotline

-Incident Hotline -Tuesday, November 19, 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 warnings for our area at this time.

Whatcom County Weather

A few lingering showers will push through the area today but we are expected to see some sunny skies as well. Winds will be lighter in the valley floor and foothills. They may get up to around 10mph; they will be a little stronger at the ski area, perhaps near 13 mph with stronger winds on Wednesday when gusts could get as high as 26 mph. For Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, we should be seeing some sun during the daytime hours with mostly clear skies at night. Temperatures will be around 50 degrees for highs from the foothills west with temperatures five to ten degrees cooler from the foothills east. Lows at night will drop below freezing in the upper elevations with mid 30s west of the foothills.

There was a little more rain than anticipated last night so the Nooksack River level actually rose a little overnight. It has peaked and is dropping at the Saxon Bridge and Cedarville gauges and will peak later today in Ferndale before dropping. No flood issues accompany this rise but be aware the river did not drop as anticipated.

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

For Coast Whatcom County winds will be from the northwest in the 10-20 knot range today and tonight with one to three foot wind waves occurring. By tomorrow night, the winds should subside to 10 knots or so and wind waves will be one foot or less.  For the Strait of Georgia south of Nanaimo, Environment Canada is calling for winds from the northwest today in the 15-25 knot range, increasing to 20-30 knots later before dropping back tonight to 15-20 knots.  Winds are predicted to be in the 10-15 knot range after midnight.

Cherry Point Tides
November 19th1133
9.61

November 19th
1803

5.85
November 19th
2101
6.23

November 20th
0427

0.66
November 20th
1219
9.60

November 20th
1902

4.79

Emergency Preparedness

First, put your safety kit in your car. Go to the Washington State Department of Transportation website for a comprehensive list of items to include in your winter safety kit.

Second, beware of frost on bridges, along the sides of the road, or anywhere where the road is shaded by trees, hills, buildings, or mountains. With the sun shifting farther south, frost will not burn off the roads as quickly and it doesn’t take much for the tires on your vehicle to lose traction when frost is around. Be aware of temperature changes if you are going into higher elevations or traveling through mountain passes. There may not be frost on the road at lower elevations but it can be different story four or five thousand feet higher

Third, remember not to 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.

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