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.
Sever Weather Damage 21-18 Emergency Proclamation by the Governor: Covers the severe wind and rainstorm event that began on November 12, 2021. https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/21-18%20-%20Severe%20Weather%20Damage%20%28tmp%29.pdf
The Proclamation of Emergency for the November Flooding signed by the Whatcom County Exec remains in effect. Also, individuals affected by the flood have until March 7, 2022 to register with FEMA.
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.
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.
The weather for the next three days looks pretty nice. We're going to see high temperatures around the 50 degree mark and in some cases, even reaching into the mid=50s. There will be some north wind in Point Roberts, Sumas, and the Newhalem areas that could reach 10-13 mph. There will also be a few more clouds in Point Roberts and Newhalem but the sun will still break out from behind the clouds from time to time. Saturday will be mostly clear and temperatures will be in the low to mid-50s. Expect Sunday to be mostly sunny as well, but clouds will roll in sometime during the day as showers are predicted for Sunday night and 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.
Offshore flow will prevail today with a thermal trough along the coast. Coastal seas will subside under 10 feet this morning. High pressure will bring generally light offshore winds this weekend. A cold front will cross the region on Monday. Winds. Today: NW wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Patchy fog in the morning. Tonight: N wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Tomorrow: N wind 5 to 15 kt becoming NW to 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Tomorrow Night: NW wind to 10 kt becoming N after midnight. Wind waves 1 ft or less. Sunday: Light wind. Wind waves less than 1 ft. Sunday Night: Light wind becoming SE to 10 kt after midnight. Wind waves less than 1 ft becoming 1 ft or less after midnight.
Emergency Management Tips and Reminders
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.