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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: November 28, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Tuesday, November 28, 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 is a freezing fog advisory for western Whatcom County until 1000 today. See here for more information.

There is a dense fog advisory for the Northern Inland Waters until 1200 today. See here for more information.

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

Whatcom County Inland Weather

High frost concerns on Tuesday night.  Ice possible in spots that see freezing drizzle/mist on Tuesday night as well.

High frost concerns are expected in most spots on Tuesday night with freezing drizzle/mist possibly causing an ice concern in spots.  Dry weather continues through Wednesday outside of the chance for some freezing drizzle/mist at times on Tuesday night.  All areas fall well below freezing on Tuesday night with high frost concerns expected across the area as widespread freezing fog is expected.  There could also be areas of freezing drizzle/mist causing ice concerns in spots.  

Dry weather continues through Wednesday night and while temperatures will be a bit warmer on Wednesday night, temperatures should fall below freezing across most, if not all, of the area. Frost/ice concerns will be a bit lower on Wednesday night, though.  Light rain moves through during the late day/evening hours on Thursday.  There is a chance that rain mixes with or goes over to snow near Maple Falls before ending, but snow levels are likely going to be around 1,000 feet.  Light rain tapers off overnight, but light rain returns early Friday.  South southeast winds look pretty gusty overnight Thursday night into Friday morning with gusty winds pushing snow levels up to around 2,500 feet.  South southeast winds up to 45 mph look possible at this time.  Occasional light rain is expected Friday morning before steadier rain moves through on Friday afternoon.  Rain breaks up into showers on Friday evening with occasional rain showers lingering Friday night, Saturday, and Saturday evening before steady rain returns overnight Saturday night.  Rain is expected through Sunday morning before rain breaks up into a few rain showers Sunday afternoon.  

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters of Whatcom County today will be winds from the east up to 10 knots, becoming northwest in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 foot or less. areas of fog in the morning. Moving into the evening we will have winds from the north up to 10 knots, becoming northeast after midnight. Wind waves 1 foot or less. Patchy fog after midnight. Tomorrow will have winds from the northeast up to 10 knots, becoming west in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 foot or less. Patchy fog in the morning. 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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