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Saturday snow watch – Check back for updates

Here is where live updates regarding the forecast and arrival of today’s snow event can be found. Check back frequently. Updates will be posted as conditions change or related events occur. Feel free to add your observations and pictures in the comments below (pls include some specific location reference like “at Main and Church”).

Sunday 7am (last update)
The trailing edge of the system that brought the concern of snow left Whatcom County before 3am this morning. There remains the possibility for some flurries but no potential for additional accumulations. This morning, Ferndale area roads are a mix of bare and wet (potentially ice as temperatures are around freezing), lightly dusted with snow and with a small accumulation of snow.

Strong cold winds from the Fraser Valley are the next concern and are expected later today through tomorrow morning. Gusts to 50mph are to be expected. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 4am Monday.

The forecast snow event has left its mark in the foothills and areas south of Bellingham while avoiding the Ferndale area for the most part. The Winter Weather Advisory remains in place for most of the Puget Sound lowlands until 4am. Temperatures have dropped to near or below freezing in the Ferndale area but expectations are any precipitation, frozen or not, in north Puget Sound would end by midnight or soon after.

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Not much to report except that temperatures around Ferndale have suddenly begun to drop again since 7pm. From 7pm to 7:30pm, temperatures have dropped 2 degrees.

That was a short-lived initial flurry. Minimal accumulations around the area (read nothing to a dusting). But south of Bellingham is an entirely different story with numerous accidents blocking I-5 southbound in the Lake Samish area.

Temperatures have not only stopped falling but begun climbing since 3:45pm.

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Snow begins falling (December 31st, 2016). Click for animated loop. Video: Discover Ferndale

And so it begins (see embedded image).

Snow can be seen falling around the area intently now. No accumulating can be seen though on the wet ground. Temperatures continue to drop and are now in the mid 30s.

Here we go. There have already been reports of snow flurries and mixed snow and rain around the Ferndale area. Temperatures are in the upper 30s and have been dropping since around noon. Computer models agree there will be up to 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulation beginning later this afternoon.

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A Winter Weather Advisory for western Whatcom and Skagit counties anticipates the heaviest snowfall between 5pm and midnight tonight.

Foothill areas in the east county have reported snow beginning to fall.

Drivers are advised to be prepared for slick roads (including black ice where road surface appears bare) tonight.


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One Comment

  1. Lisa December 31, 2016

    Power out off of North Star, near Thornton…anyone else?

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