Incident Hotline

Incident Hotline - Friday, October 17, 2019 (1:30 pm)                      CHECK OUT OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BLOG!

There are no active incidents at this time.  

Advisories, Watches and Warnings:

A small craft advisory remains in effect until 11:00 pm this evening for south winds 15-25 knots causing two to four foot wind waves.

Whatcom County Weather

The weather for the next five days can be summed up in one word-wet. We will see periods of rain or showers during this period and if you’re headed towards the ski area you will see all snow on Saturday with a rain/snow mixture on Friday night and Saturday night. There could be accumulations of three to seven inches of snow tomorrow night with another three to five inches on Saturday which could make for some hazardous driving in the mountains. For today, expect rain to continue off and on throughout the day with showers tonight and more rain tomorrow. Temperatures today and tomorrow will reach the low to mid-50s with night-time lows dropping to the low to mid 40s. Higher elevations will be about 10 degrees cooler. Winds for today will be from the south in the 13-17 mph range along the coast with gusts to 23 mph. Winds will be about the same tomorrow. Sumas will see winds near to those along the coastal areas.

The Nooksack River level will climb one to two feet over the next day or two before dropping back. Ferndale will see the river climb perhaps three feet or a little more. That is still well below flood level, but the increase will be noticeable. Be extremely cautious if you will be on or near the river.

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

For Coastal Whatcom County the small craft advisory continues until 11:00pm this evening. Winds from the south at 15-25 knots will create two to four foot wind waves. Tonight winds will drop to 10-20 knots and continue into tomorrow swhigtin a little to the southeast. Wind waves will drop from two to four feet to one to three feet.

High tide at Cherry Point for the next few days looks like this:

Today, there will be a high tide at 7:09 pm and it will be 7.7’

Friday, October 18, 2019:  10:01 am – 8.6’ and 7:33 pm -7.6’

Saturday, October 19, 2019: 11:01 am – 8.6’ and 8:04 pm -7.4’

Sunday, October 20, 2019:  12:08pm – 8.6’ and 8:45 pm – 7.1’

Monday, October 21, 2019:  1:13 pm – 8.8’ and 9:56 pm – 6.7’

Tuesday, October 22, 2019:  2:09 pm - 8.9’ and 11:51pm – 6.4’

Wednesday, October 23, 2019:  2:55pm – 9.1’

Emergency Preparedness

Now is the time to get your Winter Safety Kit together and put it in your car. We could see an accumulation of snow in the upper elevations tomorrow and into Saturday from six to twelve inches of snow which could make for some hazardous driving. Weather systems can develop quickly and change even faster, so traveling into the upper elevations or across the Cascades from now through Spring can pose serious challenges.

The top layer of ground is or soon will be saturated. From that point on, any amount of rain can cause small streams and rivers to rise quickly flooding lower areas and flowing over the roads. Do not attempt to cross water flowing. It only takes a few inches of fast moving water to knock you off your feet and few more inches to move vehicles.

You’ve probably noticed a significant amount of leaves that have dropped from the trees and started collecting along the sides of roads covering storm drains and accumulating in culverts. This can prevent water from flowing causing backups and flooding lower areas when we have steady or heavy rain periods. If you see leaves covering a drain or plugging a culvert, please remove them. This will go a long way towards helping prevent flooding.

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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