As the days get longer, we are spending more time outside, but it is a good time to review your emergency kits in your house, car and backpacks.
COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic until at least April 21, 2021
There are currently no Advisories, Watches or Warnings for Whatcom County
Region-wide dry weather is on slate to pick up tonight under mostly clear skies. Temps will cool off, allowing marginal frost concerns with the highest concerns outside of Bellingham and along the foothills of SR 542. Going into Monday, chilly conditions and patchy fog will start things off. As the day progresses, the activity will give way to sunny skies and light winds. Seasonal afternoon temperatures are in the forecast with highs in the low to mid 50s. Overnight, skies are expected to remain mostly clear with persistent light winds. Low temperatures will bottom out into the 30s but warmer than the previous night. More dry weather with sunny skies and warming temps are on tap for Tuesday. Then, the pattern will begin to reamplify on Wednesday with the return of rainfall and cooler temperatures. There could be a brief break in the action on Thursday evening but unsettled conditions will likely linger into the weekend.
Flows within the rivers and streams of Whatcom County are normal with no likelihood of flooding.
High pressure will be offshore with lower pressure inland through the first half of the week. A frontal system will push through the area Wednesday and Wednesday night. Another front will reach the area on Friday. NW wind 10 to 20 kt becoming 5 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. Overnight winds will remain in the 5 to 15 kt range with waves 2' or less.
Environment Canada does have a strong wind warning in effect however. Wind northwest 15 to 25 knots diminishing to northwest 5 to 15 early this morning then becoming light late this afternoon. Wind becoming southeast 5 to 15 Tuesday morning.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
Whatcom County residents at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. In these stressful times, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical and other records is crucial for starting the recovery process quickly and efficiently.
There is also a wealth of information on financial preparedness on Ready.Gov. You can also contact the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management at 360.676.6681 for additional information.
Washington State residents are 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 on the Whatcom County Health Department Website.
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.