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Posted on: February 9, 2024

[ARCHIVED] Friday, February 9, 2024 Emergency Management Daily Briefing for Whatcom County

We will see cool to mild temperatures this weekend with Saturday mostly dry followed by rain for much of Sunday. See below for some energy saving tips.

Active Incidents

There are currently no active incidents in Whatcom County.

Advisories, Watches and Warnings

Visit WhatcomReady.org for updates.

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

Dry weather will be expected through the period with the main concern being cooler temperatures during the overnight hours. As we head into the morning hours on Friday we may be seeing some lingering fog/low clouds but it will be burning off as the morning progresses. Mostly clear skies will then be seen through the afternoon hours before cloud cover slowly begins to increase as we head into the overnight hours. The lowlands look to remain above freezing through the night but it will be close as cloud cover increases the temperatures will moderate. However SR-542 will likely drop near or below freezing through the night as colder air pools in the valley. Frost concerns will be a bit higher over towards Maple Falls. Cloudy skies will then be seen as we head into the day on Saturday with no concerns but the threat for precipitation arrives again Saturday evening.

Rain showers look to increase as we head into the overnight hours on Saturday and will then continue into early Sunday morning before decreasing. Lingering rain showers will likely be possible throughout the day on Sunday though they won't be as heavy. Stray rain showers look to linger into the overnight hours on Sunday before looking to fully dry out after midnight or so. Drier weather looks to then be seen through the first half of the week with much cooler overnight temperatures. With clearer skies and cooler air moving in from the north there will be potential for frost/freeze concerns during the overnight hours on Monday night but more likely Tuesday night into Wednesday. There will be increasing cloud cover going into the day on Wednesday and with cooler air aloft precipitation looks to develop mid to late afternoon. We may see wet snow showers with the onset of precipitation but likely little to no accumulations as snow levels are expected to rise during the overnight hours into Thursday morning. Temperatures continue to rise through the second half of the week with no concerns expected as showers remain as rain.

Whatcom County Coastal Weather

For the Strait and Inland Coastal Waters of Whatcom County today the winds will be light. Wind waves less than 1 foot. Moving into the evening we will have light winds becoming southeast up to 10 knots after midnight. Wind waves less than 1 foot, becoming 1 foot or less after midnight. Tomorrow will have winds from the southeast at 5-15 knots. Wind waves 2 feet or less. A slight chance of 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 are starting in 2024. See here for more information and to sign up.

Energy Saving Tips and Canned Food Month

  • Close the doors to and vents in rooms you are not using. Place a rolled towel at the bottom of all doors to keep drafts out.
  • keep window coverings open during the day to take advantage of the sun's heat, especially those that get direct sunlight. Close them at night to keep heat in. Make sure windows are weather stripped or caulked.
  • For single pane windows, cover with clear plastic to help insulate them.
  • Homeowners may want to visit Energy.gov for information on ways to save energy and Incentives.
  • Renters may want to visit Energy.gov for Do-It Yourself Tips and Incentives.

February is National Canned Food Month
Buying an extra can of food when it is on sale to have for emergencies can be an economical way to become prepared. Remember to check the dates on those cans though, as the quality will change as the best-by date. Rotating stock can be an easy way to avoid this issue.

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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