Governor Inslee adjusted the indoor mask requirements yesterday (February 28th): "indoor mask requirements will be lifted as of 11:59 pm on March 11th." Masks will still be required in health care settings such as hospitals, outpatient and dental offices, long-term care settings, and correctional facilities. In addition, beginning March 1, vaccine verification for large events will no longer be required. Businesses and local governments can still choose to implement vaccination or face mask requirements for workers or customers, and school districts can still choose to have students and teachers wear masks. Federal law still requires face masks in certain settings such as public transportation and school buses. For additional information, see: 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.
ADVISORIES, WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
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.
Rain has moved out of the area although there could still be a few showers around, especially towards the Newhalem area. The rest of us should see partly sunny skies. Temperatures will be close to the 50 degree mark today except for the foothills and Newhalem where it will be anywhere from 5-10 degrees cooler. Tonight will be partly cloudy with lows dropping into the mid-30s. Wind will be from the south/southeast in Bellingham today switching to a northerly breeze overnight. Everyone else will see a northerly breeze with Point Roberts see some gusty breezes getting up to 20-23 mph. The breeze will continue into tomorrow for Point Roberts but the rest of us will see a slight breeze in the 5-10 mph range from the north or northeast. The weekend is shaping up to be mostly sunny for everyone with highs around the 50 degree mark.
Rivers and Streams
The Nooksack River level will continue to slowly fall over the next 4-5 days. The next little weather system having a slight impact on the river level is about a week away.
Whatcom County Coastal Weather
A surface trough of low pressure will move through the waters today. A low level onshore flow pattern will persist tonight and Thursday. A weak system will move by to the west on Friday. High pressure will then build over the coastal waters Saturday. Winds. Today: SE wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Rain likely. Tonight: S wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Rain likely. Tomorrow: SW wind 5 to 15 kt becoming W to 10 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. A chance of rain. Tomorrow Night: W wind to 10 kt becoming SW 5 to 15 kt after midnight. Wind waves 2 ft or less.
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.