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.
The United States has announced that fully vaccinated, non-citizen travelers with appropriate documentation will be permitted to enter the United States for non-essential travel via land Ports Of Entry and ferry terminals starting on November 8, 2021 and has released this fact sheet to assist those entering the United States. https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/29/fact-sheet-guidance-travelers-enter-us-land-ports-entry-and-ferry-terminals.
Canada allows fully vaccinated Americans to visit Canada with these Canadian requirements: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/gbi-rgf-eng.html.
A "Small Craft Advisory" is in effect now and will continue in effect until 6:00am Friday morning for southeast winds 20-30 knots. This includes the east entrance of US waters for the Strait of Juan De Fuca and Northern Inland Waters including the San Juan Islands.
Environment Canada has issued a "Strong Wind Warning: for the Strait of Georgia-South Nanaimo. Winds southeast 15-25 knots backing to easterly 15-20 knots early this morning then diminishing to easterly 5-15 knots near noon. Wind increasing to easterly 15-25 knots this evening and to southeast 20-30 knots near midnight. Winds southeast 20-30 knots Thursday.
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.
The Cliff Note version of the weather is: expect wet conditions through Sunday with some wind overnight tonight and into tomorrow and tomorrow night. Temperatures will be around 60 degrees for highs the next couple of days with lows around 50 tonight and then 5-10 degrees colder both day and night beginning Friday. So, we will have several fronts pushing through the area over the next 4-5 days. Due to the way the winds wrap around the Cascades, we'll see some southerly winds in the Bellingham area but east/northeast winds up in the Point Roberts area and farther east. As the system passes, they will switch around to the southeast and then repeat the process although tomorrow and tomorrow night will see the stronger of the winds with gusts in the 30-40 mph range. Newhalem can expect to see some rain/snow mixtures by Saturday night into Sunday as the lows there will drop to 33 degrees. While there are no travel advisories, if there is rain/snow mixtures in Newalem and you travel plans are to use the north Cascades highway to go to Winthrop, or beyond, the possibility of all snow should be on your mind along with accumulations of snow. You'll definitely want to check road conditions before traveling through the Cascades on Sunday.
Rivers and Streams
The Nooksack River level has retreated nicely from its highs last week. We can expect that rain over the next few days will push the river levels up again but not as high as last time leaving no flood concerns as we move into Friday and Saturday.
A frontal system will move through Western Washington tonight and Thursday. Additional weather systems will arrive Friday and Saturday Winds. Today: SE wind 15-25 knots. Wind waves 2-4'. A chance of rain. Tonight: E wind 10-20 knots rising to 15-25 knots after midnight. Wind waves 2-4' Rain. Tomorrow: SE wind 15-25 nots becominb S 20-30 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 3-5'. Rain. Tomorrow Night: E SW wind 20-30 knots becoming SE 15-25 knots after midnight. Wind waves 3-5'. Note. Friday night looks like some "Small Craft Advisory" range winds will develop so watch for an advisory to be issued for that period some time in the future.
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.