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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: January 20, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

Cloudy skies today and tonight with temperatures in the mid-40s for highs and mid-30s for lows. Light and variable winds. Tomorrow and tomorrow night - partly cloudy with temperatures a little cooler. a slight chance for rain/snow mixture in foothills

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

For our weather, expect cloudy skies today and tonight followed by mostly cloudy skies tomorrow and tomorrow night.  Temperatures will be in the mid-40s both days with lows tonight near 38 and dropping down to 32 degrees tomorrow night.  Winds will be light today and tonight with a southerly direction and then switch to the north tomorrow and tomorrow night around 5 mph or so.  Sumas may see some rain showers today with wet flurries possible and there may be some stronger north wind tomorrow with gusts near 30mph.  Newhalem, will be about 10 degrees colder and there is a slight chance of a rain/snow mixture tomorrow into tomorrow night.  Temperatures will be 5-10 degrees colder at the higher elevations.  Then, we should have mostly sunny skies Friday and Saturday before rain mixed with snow may show up Saturday night.    

Rivers and Streams

All forks of the Nooksack River are showing a slight downward trend over the next five days. There are no changes expected during this period. 

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County winds today will be 15 knots or less from the north with wind waves of two feet or less.  Tomorrow morning northeast winds of 10-20 knots will start the day but drop back to lest then 15 knots.  Wind waves will be one to three feet. Friday looks to be the same.






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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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