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.
10/23 Update: "Small Craft Advisory" remains in effect until 3:00pm this afternoon for southeast winds 20-30 knots for Northern Inland Waters including San Juan Islands.
10/23 Update: "Gale Warning" in effect from midnight tonight to 5:00am Tuesday morning for Northern Inland Waters including San Juan Islands.
10/23 Update: "High Wind Warning" in effect from 8:00am Sunday to 5:00am Tuesday for western Whatcom County. Southeast winds 35-45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are expected.
10/23 Update: Environment Canada has issued a Gale Warning for the Strait of Georgia-South of Nanaimo. Wind southeast 15-25 knots becoming southeasterly 15 knots this afternoon then increasing to easterly 15-25 knots near midnight. Wind increasing to easterly 25-35 nots Sunday morning.
See 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.
NOTE. Environment Canada has issued a "Strong Wind Warning" for the Strait of Georgia-South of Nanaimo. Winds southeast 15-25 knots diminishing to southeast 10-15 knots this morning then increasing to southeast 15-25 knots near midnight. Wind diminishing to southwest 10-15 knots Saturday afternoon then becoming east 15 knots Saturday evening.
10/23 Update: The most important update is the "High Wind Warning" and the potential impacts that go along with that. First, wind gusts if they reach close to 60mph have the potential to create a more widespread power outage scenario as tree branches or even weakened trees can be blown over and knock down power lines. High winds will prevent power restoration crews from addressing power outages during this period. Second, there could be some roads that become closed if large branches or trees are blown over. Third, temperatures will remain in the mid to upper 40s, so nothing extreme. Fourth, , loose items can be blown around by winds; son any outdoor furniture or boards, etc. cold be carried away or even act as projectiles. Rain expectations remain about the same-showers today, steady rain beginning and continuing for the next several days. Elevations above 4500' could see some snow; making passes slippery. Our temperatures will continue to range in the 50-58 degree range for highs in lower parts of the county with higher elevations a little cooler. Higher elevations will be 5-10 degrees cooler. Lows at night will be in the 40s for most areas except the higher elevations.
NOTE. If you encounter downed wires, treat them as if they are live. Do not attempt to cross them; turn around and find an alternative route. For power outages, do not call 911; notify PSE.
Rivers and Streams
The outlook for rivers and streams over the next several days remains the same; level river with normal flow. Early next week, Monday afternoon and into Tuesday will see the effects of the previous days rainfall as the Nooksack will begin to rise fairly rapidly. No flooding is expected from the river but small stream may be a different story depending on deadfall or plugged culverts which would hinder normal drainage-watch for those possibilities. If you're on or around the river be prepared for faster moving water and deeper water levels. Leaves may also plug drains along the roads and cause water to pool. Iowa Street, near the I-5 bridge is one place where this occurs at least once a year. And there are others. Water depths of six inches or more will reach the bottom of a car so it is advised you find an alternative route. Driving into water at substantial speeds can result in loss of vehicle control or even stalling your vehicle.
A front will move through the area this morning. Deep low pressure will move over the nearshore waters Sunday as the strong front moves through Western Washington. This low is expected to track toward northern Vancouver Island on Monday. Winds. Today: SE wind 20-30 knots easing to 15-25 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 3-5'. Rain in the morning then a chance of rain in the afternoon. Tonight: S wind 5-15 knots becoming SE 15-25 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2' or less building to 2-4' after midnight. A slight chance of rain in the evening. Tomorrow: E wind 15-25 knots becoming 25-35 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2-4' building to 4-6' in the afternoon. Rain likely in the morning then rain in the afternoon. Tomorrow Night: SE wind 25-35 knots. Wind waves 4-6'. Monday: SE wind 25-35 knots. Wind waves 4-6'. Monday Night: SE wind 25-35 knots. Wind waves 4-6.'
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.