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Possibility of snow, strong winds in places across Whatcom County

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Environment Canada weather forecasters issued a special weather statement today, Saturday, January 21st, for areas along the US-Canada border and beyond forewarning of periods of snow over areas above 650 feet.

The weather statement says 3/4 to 2 inches of snow accumulation is possible in locations above 650 feet during the morning and into the early afternoon.

A cold front will move onto the BC south coast on today bringing rain beginning in the morning. Rain may be mixed with snow for parts of the Lower Mainland before the temperatures rise this afternoon.

Closer to sea level, no significant accumulation is expected but there may be wet snow falling at times. Precipitation will ease this evening with the passage of the front.

Environment Canada special weather statement (January 21, 2023)
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Waves of precipitation were visible on weather radar as they headed northeast toward Whatcom County this morning. The initial wave appeared as snow in the higher elevations over Vancouver Island.

Radar image as of 7:10am, January 21, 2023. Source: MyRadar (Acme Atron-o-matic, LLC)

National Weather Service Seattle office forecasters were less concerned about the possibility of frozen precipitation and warned of the possibility for strong winds with the approaching weather system.

Rain will move onshore over the next few hours, with quick progression east over the area given the more zonal motion of the system rather than a northeast direction seen in some previous storm tracks. This looks to be a quick-hitter with most locations seeing a solid 4-5 hours of rain before things taper off.

Breezy southeasterly winds ahead of the low will really pick up after 8-9 am, with a quick shift to westerly winds along the front around the 4-5 pm timeframe.

National Weather Service Seattle office (January 21, 2023)

Westerly winds pose a risk of flooding along Whatcom County coastal areas during high tides over the next 6 days.

DateDayTimeHeight
January 21, 2023Sat06:21 AM10.52
January 22, 2023Sun06:57 AM10.69
January 23, 2023Mon07:31 AM10.72
January 24, 2023Tue08:03 AM10.66
January 25, 2023Wed08:34 AM10.53
January 26, 2023Thu09:03 AM10.31

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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