On August 18th, Governor Inslee ordered a statewide mask mandate. Please see the Governor's website at the following URL: https://www.governor.wa.gov/
COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect.
UPDATE: The U.S. side of the Canadian border will open to vaccinated Canadians starting in early November (https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/12/secretary-mayorkas-allow-fully-vaccinated-travelers-canada-and-mexico-enter-us-land#), however until the official date is announced, the U.S. border remains closed to nonessential traffic. Canada allows fully vaccinated Americans to visit Canada however, there are several additional requirements you need to be aware of. See Canada Border Services Agency for additional requirements: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/gbi-rgf-eng.html.
A "Small Craft Advisory" remains in effect until 8:00am Friday morning for southeast winds 20-30 knots affecting the east entrance to US waters Strait of Juan De Fuca-Northern Inland Waters including the San Juan Islands Admiralty Inlet.
Environment Canada has issued a "Strong Wind Warning" for the Strait of Georgia-South of Nanaimo. Winds southeast 15-2o knots increasing to southeast 20-30 knots this morning then diminishing to southeast 15-20 knots this evening. Wind diminishing to southeast 10-15 knots overnight. Winds southeast 10-15 knots Friday.
Check the Washington State Department of Transportation website for intermittent lane closures on i-5 and SR-11 along Interstate 5 at milepost 250 near Old Fairhaven Parkway and along State Route 11 just west of I-5. This will go from October 20 through November 30.
Broken clouds will gradually thicken through this afternoon with rain spreading from north and west to the east parts of the county beginning around 1:00pm. Rain is not expected to be heavy and accumulations will generally be in the one-quarter to one-half inch amounts in half-day increments; but, that will continue through Monday. Fortunately, slow rains like this will mostly soak into the ground. Temperatures will reach the mid-60s in places today before dropping back overnight. Winds will also start to pickup with the higher gusts tonight and into early tomorrow. The highest winds will generally be along the coast but there will be some occasional gusts from the south/southeast spilling into the lowlands. Point Roberts could see gusts tonight near 40mph. Low temperatures will be in the 50s for most areas, but Newhalem will be in the low 40s. Tomorrow, more rain; highs in the mid to upper 50s with lows again in the lower 50s mid-40s in Newhalem.
Rivers and Streams
The outlook for rivers and streams over the next several days remains the same-slowly receding yet today before gradually rising again. The most noticeable rise in rivers and streams will come early next week (beginning Monday). If you're on or around the river be prepared for faster moving water and deeper water levels but no flooding will occur as things appear now. On the other side, considerably more leaves are falling now and will likely lead to some some drains and culverts becoming plugged which could result in water backing up and pooling. If you encounter areas wherethe water can flow uninhibited which will help prevent water pooling in lower areas and cause localized flooding. Thank you.
A series of vigorous frontal systems will cross the waters in the coming week. A strong frontal system associated with a rapidly deepening sub-960 millibar surface low well offshore will move across the area tonight. The next frontal system arrives Saturday, followed by a potentially significant storm on Sunday. Active weather will then persist through much of next week. Winds. Today: E wind 15-25 knots becoming SE 20-30 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2-4' building to 3-5' in the afternoon. A chance of rain in the afternoon. Tonight: SE wind 20-30 knots easing to 15-25 knots after midnight. Wind waves 3-5' subsiding to 2-4' after midnight. Rain in the evening then a chance of rain after midnight. Tomorrow: SE wind 15-25 knots becoming S 5-15 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2-4' subsiding to 2' or less in the afternoon. With several weather systems to transit the area over the next week, expect small craft advisories to continue to be issued with little lead time. Both Saturday and Sunday appear to have period when winds will push into the Small Craft Advisory levels.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
While this is a great time of year, everyone needs to be prepared in the event they find that their planned weekend in the woods does not go the way they intended, and here are a few tips:
Back Country Medical Kit
You definitely need to carry a first aid kit, and for most people and most injuries the following is a good place to start when you are going out in the back country even for a day. There are lots of good sources on the Internet to find kits but the following list is primarily centered around patching cuts and cleaning wounds in an emergency:
Back Country Preparedness Kit
As with your first aid kit, there are lots of good sources on the Internet to find kits and the following suggestions are a good place to start, especially if you are going into the foothills and mountains in our area:
Both the medical and preparedness items listed here are considered to be the minimum a person should take with them. They are not intended to be the only things or to suggest that you do not need anything else. You can find good information locally at:
Information concerning face coverings and other protective actions can be found 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.