The National Weather Service in Seattle has posted a gale warning, starting at 10 a.m., today, Thursday, January 2 and lasting until 6 p.m. on Friday, January 3. Winds will build from the southeast throughout the afternoon in the 10-20 knots range. After midnight, winds will build with gusts in the 30 to 40 knot range, along the coastline. Winds speeds will remain through most of Friday until about 4 p.m. when we may begin to see gusts in the 40 to 50 knot range through Friday evening as the winds shift from the Southeast to southerly.
Environment Canada has issued gale warnings for the Strait of Georgia south of Nanaimo for the same time frame.
Operating a vessel during gale conditions requires experience and properly equipped vessels. Mariners without proper experience should seek safe harbor prior to onset of gale conditions.
Coastal communities in Whatcom County should see tidal effects, however, high tides including storm surge should not exceed 10 feet.
There is also a high wind warning in effect from at 10 p.m., today, Thursday, January 2 and lasting until 4 p.m. on Friday, January 3 for south southeast winds from 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Gusts will peak at up to 50 mph from 4–8 p.m., January 3. This event will impact all of Whatcom County, but the strongest winds are expected to impact Lake Whatcom, the Chuckanuts, Lummi Island, the Lummi peninsula, Ferndale, and the eastern foothills including Deming, Everson and the Sumas Valley.
During these warnings, it is important to note that these winds could cause downed trees and power outages.