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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: April 25, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Monday, April 25, 2022 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Active Incidents

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



SR 20 North Cascades Highway Clearing Started March 24th.  There is no opening dates established yet as once crews are finished clearing the road, they must complete any repairs that may be required from the winter conditions.  It is estimated the clearing takes 4-6 weeks. Stay tuned or check WSDOT for more updated information.

INLAND WEATHER: Heading into this work week, we're looking at a chance of showers each day.  Wednesday evening will be partly cloudy.  Temperatures throughout the week will continue to hover in the low to mid-50s for highs with lows in the low 40s.  The exception is Newhalem where temperatures will be  5-10 degrees cooler both day and night.  Breezes will be around 10 mph for most locations over the next couple of days.  Tuesday night will see some gusts from a southerly direction up to 20 mph in Point Roberts and Sumas. 

The Nooksack River has leveled off and will remain level over the next week.  The showers will have little effect on the level and flow.   Remember, you can always go to the Public Works website and check the river levels -

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

A cold front has pushed through this morning and  will continue to advance inland. Another weak front is expected to  cross the waters Tuesday. An active pattern continues with  additional weak systems impacting the waters later this week.   Winds. Today:  S wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Rain likely  in the morning then showers likely in the afternoon. Tonight:  S wind 5 to 15 kt becoming SW to 10 kt after midnight.  Wind waves 2 ft or less. A chance of showers. Tomorrow:   S wind to 10 kt becoming 5 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind  waves 2 ft or less. A chance of showers in the morning then  showers likely in the afternoon.  Tomorrow Night:  SW wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less.     

Tide Information 

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Emergency Management Tips and Reminders

Winter Travel

While we are starting to come out of winter, it's important to remember, the weather at lower elevations is not what you will experience at the 5000-6000' levels.  Temperatures difference of 10-15 degrees or more can result in heavy rain in the lowlands and heavy snow in the upper elevations or crossing the passes.  As we cross into April and May the chances for that continue to drop but a stray weather system can still result in hazardous driving conditions.  With that in mind continue to be diligent.  Things to be aware of:

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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