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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: February 9, 2022

[ARCHIVED] February 09, 2022 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Look for fog early then mostly cloudy skies thereafter. Temperatures will climb to the upper 40s today and down to around 40 this evening. Winds will be calm or light. Tomorrow will be about the same with lows in the mid-30s. Sun Friday and Saturday.

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.  Also, 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

We'll see some stable weather over the next few days.  Expect fog early followed by mostly cloudy skies for the remainder of the day.  Winds will be light or calm.; Sumas may see some northeast winds in the 5-9 mph range.  Temperatures will climb to near the 50 degree mark for highs but drop back to the mid 30s for lows except for tonight where the low will be around 40 degrees. On Friday and Saturday we're going to see the sun as mostly sunny skies are predicted.  The next chance for rain looks to be late Sunday or going into Monday.

Rivers and Stream

The river levels are continuing to drop and there is nothing in the forecast for the next five days to cause them to increase substantially.

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

High pressure will bring mostly light offshore  winds to the waters today through the weekend. Expect 10 to 13  foot swells at the outer Coastal Waters tonight through late  Thursday night.   Winds. Today:  Light wind becoming SE to 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind  waves 1 ft or less.  Tonight:   Light wind. Wind waves less than 1 ft.   Tomorrow:  Light wind. Wind waves less than 1 ft. Tomorrow Night: Light wind. 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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