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.
The National Weather Service announced "Flood Watch " continues through 11:00am this morning for Whatcom County . Parts of the Cascades received 3-5 inches of rain and while the heavy rain has stopped in the Northern Cascades the flood crests on the rivers will continue to move downstream today. Note. Gauges Saxon Bridge and Cedarville currently show the Nooksack River level dropping. The gauge at Ferndale shows the level still creeping up at this time and should reach the peak sometime later this morning.
From the National Weather Service: "heavy rainfall rates will increase the threat for landslides across the region through Friday morning."
Environment Canada has issued a "Strong Wind Warning for the Strait of Georgia-South of Nanaimo. Wind northwest 15-25 knots increasing to northwest 25-30 knots early this morning then diminishing to northwest 10-15 knots htis evening except northeast 15-20 knots south of Tsawwassen overnight and Saturday.
WSDOT has closed SR-20 at MP 134 due to multiple rocks reported on the roadway. Crews will out this morning evaluate the situation for reopening. See WSDOT website for updated information. Additionally, WSDOT has announced they will closing SR-20 on Nov 15th for the season. The closure locations are also available on the WSDOT website.
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.
Clouds will gradually move out of the area today allowing some sun to shine through. it will be a cooler day with highs in them id-50s but lows dropping down to the upper 30s and low 40s. In Maple Falls, the low tonight will be around 33 degrees so there is a chance of frost tomorrow morning. In Newhalem, the high will only reach 40 and lows will be in the mid-20s (Brrrr!). Expect some west/northwest/northeast winds in the northern part of the county with Point Roberts seeing gusts over the next couple of days in a mid-20mph range. Along the foothills there will be a southerly breeze but not very strong. Tomorrow we can expect more sun with highs similar to todays highs. Lows will be within a few degrees of tonight's low. The next chance of rain appears to arrive Monday evening.
Rivers and Streams
The bow wave is slowly working its way downstream and is passing the Ferndale gauge at this time. Places like Saxon Bridge and Cedarville crested last night or early this morning and the river level is dropping fairly rapidly. By this afternoon, the river should be dropping between Ferndale and the bay as well. There may be some road closures between I-5 and the Silver Reef Casino, so just watch for those. Beyond today, rivers and streams look to be in pretty good shape over the next five days.
A front will slide south of the area this morning. High pressure will then build over the waters with low level offshore flow expected over the weekend. Winds. Today: NW wind 20-30 knots. Wind waves 3-5'. Tonight: N wind 15-25 knots becoming NE 10-20 knots after midnight. Tomorrow: N wind 15-25 knots easing to 10-20 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2-4'. Tomorrow Night: N wind 10-20 knots becoming NE 15-25 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2-4'. Sunday: NE wind 15-25 knots easing to 5-15 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2-4' subsiding to 2' or less in the afternoon. Sunday Night: NE wind 15-25 knots becoming # to 10 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2-4' subsiding to 1' or less after midnight. Note. While the current "Small Craft Advisory" runs through this afternoon, there are several periods over the next couple of days where the winds fall in the 15-25 mph range. Experience has shown that the National Weather Service is likely to issue Small Craft Advisories for those periods in the future. Tune to marine weather to ensure you get the latest weather updates including advisories, watches, or warnings.
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.