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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: February 3, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Wednesday, February 3, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

Sunny skies today with highs in the mid-40s. Lows tonight around 40 with clouds. Showers will develop after midnight and we will see a wet day tomorrow with some gusty southerly winds t0 20mph. Temperatures five degrees colder tomorrow as well.

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 

There are no advisories, watches or warning for our area today.

Weather Around Whatcom County

Whatcom County Inland Weather

Skies are mostly clear around the county today so we will see plenty of sun. Winds will be lighter with temperatures reaching the mid to upper 40s.  Tonight, temperatures will drop to around 40 degrees and clouds will move into the area with showers developing after midnight.  Tomorrow, we’ll be dealing with rain or showers; there will be some gusty winds from a southerly direction with some gusts up to 20mph or a little stronger. Temperatures will be about five degrees cooler tomorrow as well.  Lows tomorrow night will be in the mid-30s.  Looking at the weekend, it appears more showers are on the way.  And don’t forget, higher elevations are five to ten degrees colder so you may encounter rain/snow mixtures or all snow situations.

Rivers and Streams

All forks of the Nooksack River are seeing decreasing river levels.  There may be slight increase over the weekend; if you’re not watching for it, it will likely go unnoticed.  

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County north winds today could reach 20 knots this afternoon with wind waves one to three feet.  Thursday, winds will switch to the southwest and increase to 15-25 knots in the afternoon with wind waves of two to four feet.  Look for a “Small Craft Advisory” to be issued for this period.  And Friday will see west wind at 15-25 knots as well.






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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.

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

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