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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: February 4, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Thursday, February 4, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

Winter Weather Advisory above 3000' continues; Small Craft Advisory later. Rain, gusty SW wind near 25 mph and temps in the mid to upper 40s. More of the same tonight but wind shifts to the west. Rain, wind, and 40s tomorrow as well. Same this weekend.

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 

A “Winter Weather Advisory” is in effect for the Cascade Mountains including the Mount Baker Ski Area until 7:00am Friday morning for snow above 3000 feet.  Total snow accumulation of 8-20 inches is possible.
The National Weather Service has issued a Small Craft Advisory for tonight beginning at 10:00 pm until 7:00am tomorrow morning for southwest winds 20-30 knots.

Weather Around Whatcom County

Whatcom County Inland Weather

Rain will fall across the county today but temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 40s in the Bellingham area but a little cooler in the northern parts of the county-look for highs in the low 40s.  Wind will be from the southwest with gusts near 25 mph.  Lows tonight will drop to around 40 across the county with rain and gusty winds continuing but shifting more to the west.  Newhalem is likely to see a rain/snow mixture throughout the day with temperatures there in the mid-30s.  It looks like we will see rain or showers with some rain/snow mixtures over the weekend.

Rivers and Streams

All forks of the Nooksack River will see a little bit of an increase from the rain beginning later today into tomorrow.  No flooding will occur, but you may see notice a few of the familiar sandbars disappear underwater.  

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County southwest 15-25 knot winds will lead to two to four foot wind waves today. The wind will pick up to 20-30 knots after midnight and shift more to the west tomorrow but will stay in the 15-25 knots range. Then tomorrow night, the wind will shift to the northwest and is forecast to drop under the Small Craft Advisory range.  Looking ahead, Saturday could once again see 15-25 knots winds, so watch for another Small Craft Advisory to be issued.






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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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