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Strong winds expected tomorrow

Tree blocks one lane westbound on Vista Drive near Aldergrove Road during a windstorm (October 14, 2016). Photo: Whatcom News

Forecasters with the National Weather Service (NWS) are expecting a northbound offshore low pressure system to pass western Washington beginning late Thursday night and into Friday evening. This is likely to cause windy and wet weather in western Washington, including the Ferndale area.

Forecast models are in agreement that wind gusts from the south in the range of 45 to 55mph can be expected in the Ferndale area Friday.

NWS forecasters said early this morning, “a high wind watch will be issued for the coastal zones from early Friday morning through Friday evening. Given the path of the offshore low, south to southeast winds with the passing low and associated front in the interior should remain at advisory level or below and should be strongest from north of Everett to the Canadian boarder.”

NWS forecasters also point out, “Fortunately, we are in a neap tide cycle on the coast and the path of the low is far enough offshore that there is not much of a threat for coastal flooding.”

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