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.
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
The “Gale Warning” for our area has been cancelled and replaced with a “Small Craft Advisory” effective until Saturday at 1:0pm. Northeast winds of 20-30 knots now and 15-25 knots later today are expected or occurring.
A “Winter Weather Advisory” has been issued by the National Weather Service for Whatcom County due to the potential for one to three inches of snow to fall across the area.
Environment Canada has issued an Arctic Outflow Warning for the Fraser Valley which is causing frigid temperatures and strong outflow winds.
Whatcom County Inland Weather
Temperatures across the county have stabilized with the high today reaching 30 or a little higher and the lows making it to the mid-20s. Unfortunately, the wind will continue to blow today, not as strong as yesterday and last night, but still seeing gusts to 35 mph or so dropping the wind chill into the teens and single digits. Northeast wind will decrease even more this evening with gusts topping out around 20 mph. The chance for snow will increase as the day goes on and there is a possibility of a few inches of snow tonight, and another one or two inches tomorrow. Temperatures tomorrow will be between 30-35 and lows around 30. Saturday night will be mostly cloudy and then Sunday temperatures will climb into the mid to upper 30s for highs and lows will range between upper 20s to low 30s; there will also be a chance for a rain/snow mixture. The chance for a rain/snow mixture will continue into Monday.
There really is nothing affecting the Nooksack River Level at this time. The Nooksack may come up a foot or two in about five days (17th or 18th of Feb) due to some precipitation but it will have no impact.
For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County the 15-25 knot northeast winds look to continue thru Saturday night before switching to the southeast at 15-25 knots on Sunday and lasting into Sunday night. Monitor marine weather for the National Weather Service to post those advisories.
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.