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Forecasters: Warming across Whatcom County to follow a windstorm

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Unseasonably cold temperatures the last few days are expected to be replaced by warmer seasonable temperatures led by a windstorm on Friday, February 3rd.

A weeklong cold and dry weather pattern is about to end according to National Weather Service forecasters in the Seattle office. A high pressure system offshore that has been keeping active weather away from the area is expected to move inland Friday and a lower pressure system will take its place offshore.

A front will then bring breezy to locally windy conditions as well as a return to lowland rain and mountain snow. A series of fronts will keep the weather active over the weekend before a brief break thanks to upper level ridging at the start of next week. Daytime temperatures will be near normal. National Weather Service Seattle office (February 2, 2023)

A wind advisory has been issued for Friday, from 10am to midnight, due to expected sustained southerly winds of 35mph to 45mph with gusts to 55mph. The advisory area extends across western Whatcom County, San Juan County and the Admiralty Inlet and north coast.

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A series of weather systems are expected to keep weather blustery and wet over the weekend.

Temperatures that have recently been between 30° and 40°, are expected to rise to between 40° and 50° into next week.

An increased probability of precipitation is also expected with light to moderate rain in the lowlands and snow in the higher elevations.

Looking into the extended forecast, a return to cooler temperatures, dipping back into the 30s, is expected beginning Wednesday or Thursday of next week.

Whatcom News readers are encouraged to stay up to date with the current weather forecast for their specific locations via the Whatcom News Weather page.

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