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Forecasters: Expect a change in the winds and some snow

Snowy Ferndale scene at VanderYacht Park (February 5, 2017). Photo courtesy of Loretta Sheldon

National Weather Service (NWS) Seattle office forecasters say the Ferndale area can expect to see some snow begining late this afternoon. The good news is the system that will be bringing the chance of snow will also mark the end of days of blustery winds.

Snow showers are likely after 4pm today, Wednesday, February 27th, according to NWS forecasters. The chance of precipitation is 60% and less than a half-inch of accumulation is possible by midnight. Snow is expected to continue into the early morning hours Thursday with an 80% chance of precipitation until around 3am, then dropping to 50% until mid-morning Thursday and 20% or less into the afternoon. Total accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible.

Environment Canada (EC) forecasters are not expecting the snow to arrive to locations near the border until closer to midnight tonight and continuing until noon tomorrow. EC forecasters set the chance of precipitation at 40% from midnight to noon with a total of 1 to 2 inches.

The gusty winds that have been creating wind chill values down around 10° for the past few days are expected to end about noon today. Wind gust speeds are expected to drop from around 30 to 40mph down to 10mph or less and stay there for the days ahead.

The extended forecast between Friday and Monday is for sunny or mostly sunny skies and continued unseasonably cooler temperatures between the low-40s and low-20s with breezy winds and little chance of precipitation.

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