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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Posted on: November 29, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Wednesday, November 29, 2023 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

One last day of cool and dry, then on Thursday we can expect a change to wetter weather for the next 10 or more days. 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 winter storm watch in effect for eastern Whatcom County from Thursday morning until Sunday morning above 2,000 feet. 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 in spots on Wednesday night. Ice also a possible concern on Wednesday night for areas seeing freezing drizzle/mist.  Frost/ice concerns look highest for areas with light winds.

Up to 0.5" of snow is possible for Maple Falls on Thursday afternoon.  

High frost and possible ice concerns are expected again on Wednesday night.  Snow is possible near Maple Falls on Thursday afternoon.  Dry weather continues through Wednesday night with temperatures falling below freezing across the area.  Light breezes should keep frost/ice concerns a bit lower on Wednesday night, but there will be high frost concerns in plenty of spots.  Freezing drizzle/mist may also produce some ice concerns in spots on Wednesday night as well.  Light rain showers return mid to late morning Thursday before steadier rain is expected on Thursday afternoon.  Snow levels likely remain around 1,000 feet although there is a chance that rain mixes with or goes over to snow near Maple Falls.  Up to 0.5" of slush is possible before precipitation breaks up early Thursday evening.  

Rain breaks up early Thursday evening with rain showers lingering at times Thursday night before steady rain returns late Thursday night.  Rain continues off and on through Friday before rain breaks up into showers again on Friday evening.  South southeast winds look gusty during the afternoon/evening hours on Friday with winds up to 35 mph expected in spots.  Showers linger overnight Friday night before conditions dry out Saturday morning.  A few rain showers return for the afternoon/evening hours on Saturday before conditions dry back out overnight.  Steady light rain is expected most of the day Sunday.  Winds look gusty in spots on Sunday, but winds should remain under 40 mph.  Showers linger at times Sunday night, but conditions should dry back out on Monday.  

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters of Whatcom County today will be winds from the north up to 10 knots. Wind waves 1 foot or less. Patchy fog in the morning. Moving into the evening we will have winds from the north up to 10 knots, becoming southeast after midnight. Wind waves 1 foot or less. A slight chance of rain after midnight. Tomorrow will have winds from the southeast at 10-20 knots, rising to 15-25 knots in the afternoon. Wind waves 2-4 feet. A chance of rain in the morning, then rain in the afternoon. 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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