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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: February 9, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Tuesday, February 9, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

Gradually colder temps this week with east/northeast - Frasier outflow. Highest winds in Sumas tomorrow (gusts near 40mph); Bellingham 20mph gusts tomorrow. Wind chills teens or single digits. Chance of light snow W, Th, and Fri minor accumulation.

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 “Small Craft Advisory” remains in effect until 1:00pm this afternoon for northeast winds 20-30 knots.

A “Gale Watch” is in effect from late tonight through Wednesday morning for northeast winds 25-35 knots. 

Weather Around Whatcom County

Whatcom County Inland Weather

We will see sun today but the temperatures will only top out at 38 degrees with slightly colder temperatures to the east. Tonight’s low will drop into the mid-20s with some clouds again with slightly cooler temperatures to the east.  Tomorrow will be partly sunny and again, a few degrees colder.  Tomorrow night will see lows near 18 degrees in Bellingham. Northeast wind will be around 5 mph today increasing to around 10 mph tonight and reaching gusts to 20 mph tomorrow. In the Sumas area, the east/northeast winds will gust to near 23 mph today and by tomorrow  near 40mph. The wind chill could drop into the single digits.  Also, a little light snow is in the forecast for Thursday Friday and Saturday. Maple Falls will see temperatures a few degrees colder, but will avoid much of the east/northeast wind until Thursday when gusts to 20 mph could develop; a little snow could fall in Maple Falls tomorrow night and Wednesday as well. Newhalem will be about the same but there will be some single digit lows on Wednesday and Thursday night.

Rivers and Streams

All forks of the Nooksack River have just about leveled off at Saxon Bridge and Cedarville.  The River continues to drop fairly rapidly at Ferndale and will continue to do so.  No changes are expected.  

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County northeast winds will continue through Friday with 15-25 knot and 25-35 knot winds.  Small Craft Advisories and Gale Watches/Warning are likely for the entire period and may change with little notice.  Check the marine weather forecast for advisories, watches and warnings before going out on the water for the latest updates. 






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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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