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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: February 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Sunday, February 14, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

Small Craft Advisory later today. Winter Weather Advisory-snow with light glaze of freezing rain possible; high/low temps today/tonight around 32; rain/freezing rain changing to rain tomorrow with high of 42; 1-2" snow expected Bellngham; 1-3" Newhalem.

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

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" in effect from 4:00pm today until 4:00pm tomorrow for southeast winds 15-25 knots.

A “Winter Weather Advisory" in effect from 12:00pm today until 10:00 am tomorrow morning.  (Environment Canada has issued a Winter Weather Warning for 10-20 cm of snow in the Fraser Valley which could affect the Abbotsford area. Northern Whatcom County communities are likely to be impacted).

Weather Around Whatcom County

Whatcom County Inland Weather

Winter weather continue today with a Winter Weather Advisory going into effect at noon today through 10:00 am tomorrow morning. There is a chance for another 1-2 inches of snow today with some freezing rain at times.  Temperatures will be hovering right around the freezing level today so snow, freezing rain or both could fall from time to time.  Tomorrow will start the day with possible freezing rain/snow changing over to all rain later.  Temperatures will continue to rise reaching the low 40s in Bellingham tomorrow. Lows around the county tomorrow night will remain above the freezing level. Northeast wind in the Sumas area will see gusts near 15 mph at times.

Rivers and Streams

The Nooksack River Level will remain at current levels.  No changes are anticipated from the current weather systems.  

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County southeast winds of 15-25 knots will continue into tomorrow before switching to the northwest at 15-25 knots.  Expect Small Craft Advisories to continue to be issued for these periods of 15-25 knots winds.  Monitor Marine Weather for current 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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