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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: March 3, 2021

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

SR-20 remains closed at MP 120; check with Washington State Department of Transportation for updates. Mostly sunny today, highs around 50; tonight, upper-30s and mostly clear. Light winds. Tomorrow increasing clouds with rain starting tomorrow night

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 

SR-20 remains closed in both directions at MP 120 due to a snow slide over the weekend. Washington State Department of Transportation crews will be removing the slide when conditions are safe.  Watch for updates on the Washington State Department of Transportation website. 
A “Small Craft Advisory” is in effect from 6:00am tomorrow morning until 6:00am Friday morning for southeast winds 15-30 knots.  Environment Canada has issued a “Gale Warning” the Strait of Georgia-South of Nanaimo for today, tonight, and tomorrow with southeast winds 25-35 knots tomorrow evening.

Weather Around Whatcom County

Whatcom County Inland Weather

little work to do to achieve that the way things appear at this time. But we’ll remain positive that it will take place and temperatures will reach 50 degrees around Bellingham, but a little cooler to the north and east. Then tonight, it will be mostly cloudy with a low in the upper 30s. Tomorrow the chance for rain moves back into the area and is likely tomorrow night through Sunday. The wind will remain light today and tonight but tomorrow through Friday we’ll see some gusts over 20 mph from the southeast; Point Roberts will see gusts today from the east to 20mph. Interior parts of the county will not see much wind and Newhalem may have just a slight breeze.

Rivers and Streams

Looking at the Nooksack River shows that we may see a foot or two rise out of this next weather system.  Look for the increased flow and rise in level to begin Friday and into Saturday. There will be no river flooding from this event; levels will remain well-below the banks. 
Some pooling could in low areas around the county where culverts or drains are plugged or the ground is just too saturated. Driving into standing water at fast speeds can cause hydroplaning and loss of vehicle control.  

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County, the winds today will remain 15 knots or less from the southeast switching to the northwest. Tomorrow, southeast winds will be 15-25 knots with two to four foot wind waves.  On Friday, southeast wind will increase to 20-30 knots with three to five foot winds. There’s a good chance the current Small Craft Advisory will be extended so monitor marine weather for that call.



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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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