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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: January 19, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

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.

Active Incidents

Train Derailment Update.   Incident Number 20-4465 has been assigned to this event.

The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic until at least February 21, 2021. This includes both vehicular and boating between the countries.


The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. Information about Whatcom County’s response to COVID-19 is available at the Joint Information Center’s COVID-19 website.

Advisories, Watches and Warnings


Weather Around Whatcom County

Whatcom County Inland Weather

The trend is toward cooler highs between the start of this week and Saturday.  Look for highs today in the mid-40s and some sunny, but mostly cloudy skies with lows tonight around 40 due to some clouds and a possible shower.  Wind will be from the south/southwest less than 10mph although there will be a slight north breeze in the Blaine and Sumas areas. Highs tomorrow will also be in the mid-40s again with mostly cloudy skies with the sun popping through once in a while; the low will drop into the mid-30s tomorrow night.  Winds should be light tomorrow as well.    

Rivers and Streams

All forks of the Nooksack River are showing a slight downward trend over the next five days. As a matter of fact, little in the way of precipitation will impact the river level.  

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County winds over the next couple of days will 15 knots or less.  South winds today and tonight will switch to north wind tomorrow and tomorrow tonight with wind waves of two feet or less both days.






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Emergency Management Tips and Reminders


Everyone in Washington State is directed to wear a face covering while at any indoor public space and any outdoor public space where you may be within 6 feet of someone who does not live with you. You can find more info about face coverings and other protective actions here and here.

For those who are tide watchers, these are pretty impressive tides but as happened in the 2018 storm, the tides were pushed nearly two feet higher from the storm pressure (called storm surge) and then the west wind added another 3-4 feet of waves.

This briefing line is not updated on weekends unless an incident occurs.

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