WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — As wind directions shifted back and forth, temperatures fluctuated in and out of the low-30s and clouds formed over western Whatcom County, rain, rain and snow mix and snow began falling early this morning, December 24th.
There were reports of icy roads, mostly in the north and east areas of the county as of 8am.
National Weather Service (NWS) Seattle office forecasters said earlier this morning an arctic airmass is moving into the north in Canada. Expected Fraser Valley northeasterly outflow winds are expected to bring this cold air into Whatcom County beginning this afternoon or evening.
NWS forecasters say, as temperatures drop today and tomorrow, snow levels are expected to drop bringing rain and snow mix with a transition to heavy wet snow in some western Washington locations but with little to no accumulation. They note, “the big exception to this” will be in western Whatcom County where arctic air pulled in via the Fraser Valley outflow “will make for a better chance for accumulating snow.”
Unseasonably cold temperatures are expected to remain below freezing over the next several days with lows close to 0°F on Sunday and remaining in the teens until Thursday.
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. Tapping anywhere on the map will display a detailed location-specific forecast.
Readers are encouraged to stay up to date on local driving conditions via the Whatcom News Traffic page.