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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: November 27, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Monday, November 27, 2023 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

Continued cool and dry for the early part of this week and then by Thursday or Friday we can expect a change to wetter weather. No flooding is expected at this time, but see our flood safety tips below.

Active Incidents

There are currently no active incidents in Whatcom County.

Advisories, Watches and Warnings

There are currently no advisories, watches or warnings in Whatcom County.

July 24 a drought emergency was declared by WA State Dept of Ecology for Whatcom County.

Whatcom County Inland Weather

High frost concerns across most routes Monday night as clear skies and light winds; watch for prone routes as well as bridges and overpasses. 

With potential for fog developing as well there is potential for patchy ice concerns fog banks; especially near bodies of water. 

Dry weather expected to continue through the period with the main concerns continuing to be frost and patchy ice concerns during the overnight hours. As we head into the early morning hours this morning expect to see high frost concerns as lingering freezing fog continues into the morning hours across most routes. Fog will begin to clear mid to late morning with mostly clear skies through the rest of the afternoon. With mostly clear skies expected going into the overnight hours temperatures will be dropping below freezing once again frost/ice concerns will be the highest where fog begins to develop; likely near bodies of water. These conditions linger into the morning hours on Tuesday before finally clearing up by late Tuesday morning. Dry and cool conditions will then be seen through the rest of the afternoon with partly cloudy skies.

Dry weather will be continuing through Thursday with wet and unstable conditions returning late Thursday night into Friday morning. We may be seeing the potential for frost concerns still during the overnight hours on Tuesday and Wednesday as light winds and clear skies will be continuing. Though towards the end of the week temperatures will be moderated by the stronger frontal winds as well as the enhanced cloud cover from the systems moving through. Wet and unstable weather will then continue through the weekend and likely into the following week.

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters of Whatcom County today will be light winds. Wind waves less than 1 foot. Moving into the evening we will have light winds. Wind waves less than 1 foot. Tomorrow will again have light winds. Wind waves less than 1 foot. For a look at real-time coastal weather and tides you can link here to the Cherry Point NOAA Tide Station.

Air Quality

Visit the Whatcom County Health Department's Wildfire Smoke for up-to-date information and air quality.

Emergency Management Tips and Reminders

CERT Activities

New CERT classes will begin in 2024. See here for more information.

Flood Safety Tips

Floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters. Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods can happen during: 

  • heavy rains, 
  • when ocean waves come on shore, 
  • when snow melts quickly, or 
  • when dams or levees break.

Areas located in the Nooksack River floodplain are subject to regular flooding in Whatcom County. Visit Whatcom County River and Flood for more information.

The National Weather Service issues multiple flood notices ahead of possible flooding.

Flood Notice
Action to Take

Flood Advisory

Issued when a forecasted weather event may become a nuisance.

Check local news radio station KGMI AM 790

Monitor Whatcom Ready on Facebook or the website

Be alert to weather conditions

Flood Watch

Issued when conditions are favorable/possible for flooding


Continue the above actions, and be prepared to evacuate quickly if needed.

Flood Warning

Issued when flooding is imminent or is already occurring


Continue the above actions and move to higher ground


Evacuation Levels

Evacuation Level

Action to Take

Level 1-Get Ready

Be aware of potential threat

Monitor Whatcom Ready on Facebook or the website

Prepare to move persons with special needs, pets and livestock

Level 2-Get Set

Move persons with special needs, pets and livestock

Be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice

Level 3-Go

Evacuate immediately. Emergency services may not be able to provide further assistance if you stay.


Turn around, don’t drown! Don’t drive or walk into flooded areas.

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.

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