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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 

Active Alerts

A "Small Craft Advisory" will go into effect this morning at 10:00am and last into late this evening.  Winds of 15-25 knots are expected causing wind waves of 2-4 feet.

Note:  Active Alerts are subject to change and conditions may be different than stated here. 

Whatcom County Weather

Rain showers are expected throughout the day and tonight across the county. Tomorrow expect to wake up to some showers but they will dissipate and we should see some sun. Temperatures will be in the low 50s for most of the county today although cooler temperatures should be expected at the Mount Baker Ski resort area and NewHalem. Tonight temperatures will drop into the low 40s with lower temperatures at the ski area.  Clear skies Friday and Saturday Night will bring temerpatures down to the upper 20s or low 30s.  And, we may see some wind today in the 10-15 mph range with gusts to 20 mph.  Also, you may see a rain/snow mixture in the vicinity of the Mount Baker Ski Resort and all snow at higher elevations.

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For Coastal Whatcom County winds will once again pick up which is the reason for the Small Craft Advisory.  Winds of 15-25 knots will cause wind waves of 2-4 feet. The winds will shift to the north late tonight or early tomorrow morning and be in the 5-15 knot range with waves of 1 to 2 feet.

Emergency Preparedness

Over the next several months, we can expect the weather to be unsettled resulting in periods of rain, a little sunshine and throw in some wind for good measure. The higher elevations will more than likely see a combination of rain, snow, a little sun, and wind.  There are some things we can do to make sure we are prepared.

First of all, think of your car. Are your car's headlights and taillights working properly? How about your windshield wipers, do they streak? Maybe they need to be replaced. How about the tires on your car, are they worn out? Taking care of these things now while the temperatures are still moderate, will make life much easier a month from now.

Here's a few additional things to consider:

-Periods of fog should be expected early in the morning and late at night which will reduce visibility

-Temperatures dropping below the freezing mark will cause some frost on the roadways, especially in shaded areas where the sun cannot warm the ground.  This can cause a loss of vehicle control.

-Increased rainfall will saturate the ground increasing the chances of flooding even with minor amounts of precipitation.

-Rivers and streams can rise and fall quickly. It only takes six inches of flowing water to know a person off their feet, and vehicles as large as SUV, can be moved by 12-18 of flowing water.

-Water pooling on roads can increase the chances of hydroplaning and losing control of your vehicle.  Slowing down can help keep your tires in contact with the road and reduce the chance of hydroplaning.

-Leaves and debris can prevent water from draining properly causing backups in low areas.  

-Heavy can increase erosion and lead to mudslide or rockslides.

Finally, stay in front of the weather by listening to the forecast for weather issues that may cause problems while you’re traveling. Also, check the Washington State Department of Transportation website for information about mountain passes if you’re traveling across them. One mountain pass may have snow and require chains while the other may not be affected at all.

Remember, think safety and be prepared!

Contact: Wallace Kost, 360.788.5305, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management