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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: February 2, 2022

[ARCHIVED] February 02, 2022 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

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


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

Today will be the coolest day of the week with temperatures struggling to reach 40.  There will be some south/southeast winds over the next e36 hours with gusts to near 22 mph. Along with the cooler temperatures will the chance for some light snow changing to rain/snow mixture later and then all rain through Friday night.  We're not looking for a lot of rain, but it will keep things wet. Temperatures will rebound back into the mid to upper 40s by Friday.  Point Roberts will see some breezy conditions on Friday and Friday night with winds form the south at 15-23 mph with gustsd to 30 mph.  Sumas is going to be a little cooler with a high of 36 today and a low tonight of 33.  Maple Falls will see similar temperatures.  Newhalem is still on track for possible 1-2 inches of snow today and another 1-2 inches tonight.

Rivers and Stream

We're not going to see any substantial chance in the river level over the next five days although there will be a rise of a foot or two Friday and into Saturday before it drops back.  This rise does not pose any issues.  Of bigger concern is where water remains in fields and ditches; it is possible for the water to pool more and possibly push into roadways.

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

SE wind 5 to 15 kt rising to 15 to 25 kt in the  afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less building to 2 to 4 ft in the  afternoon. A slight chance of rain in the morning then a chance  of rain in the afternoon.   Winds. Today:  SE wind 5 to 15 kt rising to 15 to 25 kt in the  afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less building to 2 to 4 ft in the  afternoon. A slight chance of rain in the morning then a chance  of rain in the afternoon.  Tonight:  SE wind 15 to 25 kt easing to 10 to 20 kt after  midnight. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. Rain in the evening then rain  likely after midnight. Tomorrow:  S wind 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. Rain likely.    Tomorrow Night:  S wind 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 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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