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Advisories, Watches and Warnings:

A “small craft advisory” remains in effect until 2:00pm this afternoon for winds 15-30 knots from the west/southwest causing wind waves of three to five feet.

.Birch Bay Drive Remains Impacted:

  1. Birch Bay Drive north of Harborview suffered significant damage in December and Whatcom County Public Works has opened one lane northbound only between Harborview and Shintaffer with a 10 miles per hour speed limit. Southbound traffic from Birch Bay Village and Birch Point must use Shintaffer to Lincoln / Anderson roads for ingress and egress. Persons driving South from Shintaffer to Harborview may be subject to citation and a fine.
  2. Birch Bay Drive south of Harborview - The shoulders remain closed due to damage and debris. Pedestrians and bicyclists should use caution in this area until cleanup is complete.

Whatcom County Weather:

The weather today will be dominated by rain showers and cooler temerpatures. There will also be some wind, especially along coastal areas with the stronger winds in the Blaine area; winds there will be in the 14-17 mph range with gusts to 23 mph. This evening will be mostly cloudy with lows dropping into the mid to upper 40s with the exception of the ski area which will see some mid 30s for lows. Tomorrow will be partly sunny across most of the county with high temperatures still in the mid to upper 60s along the west and central part of the county and about ten degrees cooler in in the eastern part. Sunday will once again see a chance for showers which will continue into Tuesday next week. Expect temperatures to remain stuck in the mid 60s with lows in the mid to upper 40s. Upper elevations will be cooler. And for your awareness, snow or snow showers are forecast for Mount Baker for the next five days.

The Nooksack River will rise a little throughout the day as a result of the rain and showers.  The biggest increase will be in Ferndale where it will rise about 12-14 inches over the current level.  Other areas will see a 6-8 inch rise.  No issues are anticipated with this small rise and by midday Saturday, the river level should begin to drop.

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

For Coastal Whatcom County, winds today will decrease from their current 20-30knot range down to 15-25 knots later today and then 5-15 knots by later tonight.  Wind waves will also decrease from the current three to five feet to one to three feet.  Tomorrow winds will switch to the east and continue to decrease as the day lingers on.  By tomorrow night the winds should switch to the northeast and decrease to about 10 knots.  Wind waves will decrease to two feet or less.  On Sunday winds will be from the south and range between 5-15 knots with wind waves two feet or less.

High tide today at Cherry Point will occur at 6:14pm and will be 8.2’.  Saturday’s high tides will be 8.9’ at 4:44am and 8.8’ at 7:08pm.  On Sunday, May 19th, high tides will be 8.6’ at 5:13am and 9.2’ at 8:01pm.  Monday the first high tide will occur at 5:40am coming in at 8.3’.  The second one will be 9.5’ and it will occur at 8:50pm.  

 Emergency Preparedness

May is Volcano Preparedness Month!

The active Cascade volcanoes that make our state so beautiful could erupt sometime in the future. How can you prepare for a volcanic eruption? How will you react if one of Washington’s volcanoes erupts?

Volcano preparedness month is a time to inform yourself about volcanic hazards and to make a plan to keep you and your family safe in case of a volcanic eruption or lahar (volcanic mudflow). You can learn more by linking to our Emergency Management Blog.....

Here are a couple of final thoughts going into the weekend:  

First, there will be a large influx of people headed for the music concert at Civic Stadium on Saturday May 18 and residents and visitors should expect impacts to traffic and parking beginning in the afternoon and lasting well into the evening.

 Second, Washington State Department of Transportation will be closing the left lane of northbound I-5 just south of the Sunset Drive Interchange beginning Saturday at 4:30pm until Sunday at 11:00am to replace a concrete panel.  Expect delays.

Third, Lummi Island has raised the fire level to moderate on the island which means permits are required for certain fires.  Please see the website for further information; it is

Finally, watch for water pooling on roads which can cause hydroplaning and vehicle control as well increase stopping distance.

As today is Friday, this hotline will not be updated until Monday unless an incident occurs before then.  Thank you for calling the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management Incident Hotline.  

Remember, think safety and be prepared!  This hotline will not be updated over weekends unless an incident occurs.  

Contact: Wallace Kost, 360.778.7165, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management