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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: March 10, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

Small Craft Advisory 10pm to 7am tomorrow. Decreasing clouds with light wind; high around 50. Mostly clear tonight, frost likely including bridges, roadsides, etc. Sunny tomorrow and 50. Wind gusts in Pt Roberts 20-25mph. Small chance rain/snow 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” will go into effect from 10:00pm this evening until 7:00am tomorrow morning for northeast winds 15-25 knots.

Weather Around Whatcom County

Whatcom County Inland Weather

While there are clouds around at the moment, they will burn off as the day goes on and we should have mostly sunny skies.  Winds should remain fairly light and the temperature will top out near 50 degrees.  With mostly clear skies tonight, the low will drop down to the freezing level or below.  Frost on bridges, along the sides or roads, and sheltered areas will make for slick spots that could cause vehicle control issues if going too fast. Tomorrow will be sunny with highs once again around 50 degrees and light northwest wind. Point Roberts will not be quite as warm and clouds, while decreasing throughout the day will linger.  The wind will be from the northeast and switch to the northwest with some gusts near 21 mph. Tonight north/northwest winds continue with some guss as high as 25 mph. Tomorrow should be sunny in Point Roberts. Blaine will see northeast wind gusts to 21 mph tonight.   Sumas still has a chance for a shower this morning, slight as it may be with mostly clear skies tonight. Newhalem still has a slight chance of a rain/snow mixture but that to will decrease as will the clouds.  Temperatures will be about 1o degrees cooler.

Rivers and Streams

The Nooksack River level will hold steady until we get to Sunday or Monday when we may see it come up 6-12 inches due to some rain over the weekend, but this will cause no concerns from a high water perspective.  

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County, northwest winds will increase this evening to 15-25 knots accompanied by two to four foot wind waves. The winds are predicted to decrease to 10 knots from the north in the afternoon. Tomorrow night the wind will shift to the south but remain at about 10 knots with two foot waves.



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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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