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Wet, windy & cooler weather forecast later this week

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WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Today’s moderate rain could be considered preparation for a wetter and blustery weather system currently forecast for later this week.

National Weather Service forecasters out of the Seattle office say , “A notable shift to autumn will be in place on Friday with wet, cool and breezy conditions.”

Current local weather forecasts expect 1.5 to 2 inches of rain to fall across Whatcom County Friday with the heaviest rainfall happening during the evening commute. Less heavy rain is expected to continue through Sunday.

With the rain will come blustery conditions but current models do not expect gusts above 35mph across the county except the valleys in the foothills could see stronger winds that could merit a wind advisory. Temperatures are expected to cool down with highs in the 50s through Sunday.

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Snow levels will range from 6,000 to 8,000 feet. But forecasters warn anyone in the higher elevations should be prepared for quickly changing conditions.

A cool upper trough will arrive Saturday into Sunday. With the cooler temperatures in the upper atmosphere, there will be a chance of thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday.

Drier and warmer conditions appear in the extended forecast next week but the timing is not certain.

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