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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: March 12, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Friday, March 12, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

A sunny day today with light winds and a high of 52 degrees. Partly cloudy tonight-temps lower 30s; frost possible in foothills and higher. Tomorrow sunny and 55, lows mid-30s. Higher elevations 5-8 degrees colder. Chance of rain Sunday and Sunday 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 March 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.

On March 11th, Governor Inslee announced all of Washington will advance to Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery Plan beginning March 22nd.  See the WA State Coronavirus Response website for impacts or any caveats.

Advisories, Watches and Warnings 

Weather Around Whatcom County

Whatcom County Inland Weather

The weather around Whatcom County will once again include plenty of sun although there could be a few more clouds in the Point Roberts area.  Highs will reach the low 50s for most areas but Newhalem will only get to 44 degrees. Winds will be on the lighter side with Sumas see a little breeze from the east/northeast at 5-8 mph. All other locations should be calm to just a small gust from time to time. Tonight will be partly cloudy with lows dropping to the low 30s with some frost in the foothills and higher elevations.  Drive cautiously. For tomorrow, sun will be plentiful once again with high temperatures a few degrees higher than today. Any breeze should remain relatively light. Things will start to cloud up later in the day on Saturday and there will be a chance for rain Sunday and Sunday night.  Temperatures will remain about the same. Newhalem could see some rain/snow mixtures from time to time due to the elevation there. Next week will be a few degrees cooler, nothing dramatic, and the sun will visible once again.  One additional note. While winds are projected to be light into Sunday in most of Whatcom light as currently predicted. 

Rivers and Streams

The Nooksack River level is still predicted to rise about 6-12 inches from the rain Sunday but chances are it will go completely unnoticed unless you have plans on or near the river.  

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County, the wind will be from the southeast for the next 36 hours or so at 15 nots or less.  Saturday night will see winds begin to increase and will rise to 25-35 knots after midnight. That velocity usually ends in a gale warning.  Those stronger winds are supposed to last into Sunday afternoon before dropping back to Small Craft Advisory levels. No watch or warning is posted yet, but stay tuned to marine weather for updates concerning the wind.



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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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