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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: March 11, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Thursday, March 11, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

Sunny day today with light winds and highs around 50 degrees. Mostly clear tonight with lows in the mid-30s. Tomorrow much the same. Higher elevations will be colder so there is a potential for frost which can cause slick road and bridge surfaces.

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 

Weather Around Whatcom County

Whatcom County Inland Weather

Today will be a great day to be outside as we are going to have clear and sunny skies with highs around 50 degrees and light winds.  Tonight will be mostly clear with temperatures dropping down to the mid-30s but expect colder temperatures at higher elevations along with the chance of frost. That frost can form on bridges, roads, and overpasses so exercise cautious driving.  Point Roberts will be much the same but temperatures will be about five degrees cooler. There could be a southeast breeze tomorrow but it will be light. Sumas could see a light east/northeast breeze around 5mph.  Newhalem, will be about 10 degrees colder than the rest of the county and lows tonight will drop into the upper 20s.
Tomorrow will be partly sunny again with highs in the mid-50s and light winds.  Tomorrow night we’ll have partly cloudy skies and lows again in the mid-30s for most of the county.  The next chance for precipitation will arrive on Sunday.

Rivers and Streams

The Nooksack River level will hold steady until we head into Monday when we may see the river level come a foot or so due to Sunday’s rain; however, this will cause no flood concerns whatsoever.  

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County, northeast winds today will drop from 20 knots to 10 knots this afternoon and then switch to the south and remain at 15 knots or less into Saturday. The wind will switch from the south to the northwest on Friday night.



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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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