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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: March 9, 2021

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

Small Craft Advisory until 4:00pm. Chance for a shower with partly sunny skies later. Temperatures reaching 50 degrees lower areas, 40s upper elevations. Lows tonight mid-30s or colder. Chance for rain/snow Maple Falls and Newhalem tonight. Winds 5-15 mph

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” remains in effect until 4:00pm this afternoon for southeast winds 15-25 knots.

Weather Around Whatcom County

Whatcom County Inland Weather

There will be a slight chance of a shower today for most areas of the county with highs around 50s degrees.  South winds will stay under 10mph. Tonight will see partly cloudy skies with lows in the mid-30s; tomorrow will be few degrees cooler but skies will be mostly sunny.  Wind will be from the north/northwest less than 10mph. Point Roberts will see similar temperatures but the wind will be from the east at around 15mph today, northwest tonight at 5mph and then picking up to 10-15 mph tomorrow.  Maple Falls may or may not see some rain/snow mixtures as the snow level will drop to about 1300 feet tonight. Low temperatures tonight for Maple Falls will be around 32 degrees so a degree or two either way can make all the difference in the type of precipitation that falls. Caution says drive careful as the chance for slush or slick spots is real.  Newhalem has a better chance of the rain/snow mixtures due to cooler temperatures today and below freezing temperatures tonight.  Looking forward, temperatures around the county will be around 50 degrees for highs and mid 30s for lows; the next chance for rain looks like Friday for north county and then spreading south overnight..

Rivers and Streams

The Nooksack River level continue to drop ever so slowly with the rain coming Frida and Saturday causing just a small increase in river level and flow.

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County, southeast winds 15-25 knots along with two to four-foot wind waves will switch to the southwest tonight and drop to 5-10 knots and wind waves of two feet or less.  After midnight winds will switch to the northwest and remain at 5-15 knots with wind waves of two feet or less.



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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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