It is looking like our weather is going to remain mild over the next couple days, but one thing to remember as the trails are starting to open up is to be prepared when out hiking or exploring.
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.
Currently there are no active incidents in Whatcom County.
A “Winter Storm Warning” is in effect until 10:00pm this evening above 4000 feet. Additional snow accumulations of 12-18 inches along with gusty winds up to 45 mph are possible.
A “Small Craft Advisory” is in effect until 6:00pm tonight at which time a “Gale Warning” will be in effect which will go from 6:00pm this evening until 4:00 am tomorrow morning. Environment Canada has issued a Gale Warning for northwest winds 25-35 knots early this afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued a “Special Weather Statement” that periods of moderate to heavy rainfall through Monday will lead to an increased threat of landslides in western Washington.
Drizzle/light rain showers are expected at times through mid-morning Tuesday before conditions dry back out. A few additional rain showers are possible on Tuesday afternoon/early Tuesday evening, but showers may remain off to the North and East of the area. Looks dry overnight Tuesday night and Wednesday. Winds generally remain light through Wednesday. Dry Wednesday night, but there could be a few rain showers at times during the afternoon/early evening hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. However, showers each day may remain off to the East of the area over the foothills. Rain showers look more likely overnight Saturday night through Sunday. Winds look breezy on Sunday, but winds aren't looking strong or even gusty.
The Nooksack River and streams in Whatcom County are running a little higher with spring runoff.
For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters off Whatcom County today wind direction from the south and southwest with 6-10 knots though the day. Wind waves are expected to be under a foot. Tomorrow winds are expected to be about the same.
As we have our trails opening up, and while no one ever plans to get lost or injured in the forest, you are in the best position to help yourself and Search and Rescue personnel:
The best tool needed for survival in the event you get lost outdoors is your skill of advanced planning. You must expect the unexpected and plan accordingly. Even if you are going out for just a few hours, pack enough essentials that you can stay hydrated, fueled and prepared for any type of weather. Your essentials should include at least:
It’s also important that once you have planned your outing, tell someone. Give them exact details of where you are going, the trail you plan to follow, when you will return, the vehicle you are driving (and where you plan to park) and how many people will go with you – do not go alone. BUT – if you do become lost your most important tool is keeping a positive mental attitude and:
Stop: As soon as you realize you may be lost: stop, stay calm, stay put. Panic is your greatest enemy.
Think: Go over in your mind how you got to where you are. What landmarks should you be able to see? Do not move at all until you have a specific reason to take a step.
The Emergency Management Daily Briefing is produced Monday - Friday unless an update is required for an incident or event over a weekend or during holidays.