WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — A weather system packing strong wind gusts is currently expected to arrive in Whatcom County Monday evening, February 6th.
The next frontal system that approaches late Monday night and crossing the region through Tuesday. This will bring increasing winds to the region, with gusts to around 35-40 mph across some of the typically windier locations across the north interior from the San Juans and western Whatcom County south through the Admiralty Inlet area. At this point, latest ensemble guidance continues to suggest there some potential (20-30% chance) for more widespread advisory strength winds, so it’s possible that some localized impacts may develop. Will continue to monitor the latest high-res guidance and trends through the day today as the system approaches for any potential need to issue wind advisories for these locations. National Weather Service Seattle office (February 6, 2023)
The current western Whatcom County meteoblue weather forecast, developed from a combination over 25 different computer weather models, expects wind gusts to continue between 6pm Monday and noon Tuesday while peaking about midnight and reaching 50mph.
Precipitation is expected to follow this windy system and will fall as rain in the lowlands and snow in the upper elevations. A winter storm watch is in effect to 10am on Wednesday for eastern Whatcom County and Skagit County areas above 3,000 feet due to expected heavy snow with accumulations of 1 to 2 feet.
National Weather Service forecasters say there is currently a 10 to 20% chance for isolated lightning strikes Wednesday in a zone stretching from the northern coast and across Whatcom County.
Update: Forecasters in the Seattle office of the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory about 5:45pm due to expected sustained southerly winds of 25 to 35mph with gusts up to 50mph. The advisory will be in effect across San Juan County, western Whatcom County, western Skagit County and the Admiralty Inlet area until 10am tomorrow, Tuesday.