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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: January 25, 2022

[ARCHIVED] January 25, 2022 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Dense fog this morning decreasing later but remaining mostly cloudy. High temperature will reach mid-40s; light wind. Tonight, lows in the low to mid-30s with chance of frost in areas; light winds again with fog redeveloping. Tomorrow,, about the same.,

Active Incidents

On August 18th, Governor Inslee ordered a statewide mask mandate.  Please see the Governor's website at the following URL:

COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. 

Sever Weather Damage 21-18 Emergency Proclamation by the Governor:  Covers the severe wind and rainstorm event that began on November 12, 2021.


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.

Canada allows fully vaccinated Americans to visit Canada with these Canadian requirements:

Advisories, Watches and Warning

DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST TODAY.  Visibility one quarter mile or less in dense fog.
AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST WEDNESDAY.  A period of stagnant air is expected, which could result in deteriorating air quality
causing poor air quality

SR 20 Both Directions. Single-lane closure via a temporary signal on SR 20 between MP 113.7 and 114.  Alos, SR-20 is closed for the season at MP 134/Ross Dam Trailhead on the west side of the Cascades and MP 178 Early Winters Campground on the east side of the Cascades.

Inland Weather

Weather for Whatcom County will consist of dense fog early which will tend to burn off somewhat leaving mostly cloudy skies in the north and mostly sunny skies in the southern part of the county. Temperatures over then next several days will see highs in the low to mid-40s and lows in the low to mid-30s.  Winds will be calm or from the east/northeast in the northern part of the county. Everyone should be cautious about frost on roads and bridges as temperatures can always be a degree or two higher or lower than predicted which puts us right at or slightly below the freezing level.

Rivers and Stream

Rivers and streams are running low and slow and will continue to do so for at least the next five days.  The next chance for rain where the river shows a little increase in level is about a week out.

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

No significant weather systems are likely to reach  the area until late in the week with high pressure over the  region.    Winds. Today:  Light wind. Wind waves less than 1 ft. Areas of dense  fog in the morning then patchy fog in the afternoon. Tonight:  Light wind becoming N to 10 kt after midnight. Wind  waves less than 1 ft becoming 1 ft or less after midnight. Patchy  fog.  Tomorrow:  N wind to 10 kt in the morning becoming light. Wind waves  1 ft or less in the morning becoming less than 1 ft. Areas of fog  in the morning then patchy fog in the afternoon.  Tomorrow Night:  N wind to 10 kt. Wind waves less than 1 ft. 

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Emergency Management Tips and Reminders

Winter Travel

Winter travel can be extremely dangerous.  Cold temperatures, snow, ice are only a few of the hazards you can encounter when traveling in the the Winter.  Some of the things you should consider are as follows:

Have your car checked to make sure all parts are in good working order.  Tires should have good tread, all lights should be working, and windshield wipers should be changed if they do not provide a clean sweep of moisture on the windshield.

If there is snow on your vehicle, clean as much snow off your vehicle as possible.  Windows should be completely clean for maximum visibility.  Snow left on the hood of your vehicle can blow across your windshield and fog or cloud up inside due to the temperature change (another reason to clean all snow off your vehicle).  Headlights, brake lights, direction lights, etc. should all be clean again to make other drivers see you and know your intentions.

Make sure you have a Winter Safety Kit in you car that contains:  flashlight with extra batteries, cell phone and charger, extra blanket and clothes, high-energy food and water, games to keep children occupied, small shovel, sand or mat for traction if you encounter icy conditions, among other things deemed necessary.

If you are running your car to remain warm, remember to leave a window open to prevent a build-up of carbon monoxide.

Before leaving on a trip, call ahead and let someone know the time you are departing and your route of travel.  Likewise, upon arrival at your destination, let contact know you have arrived.


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.

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