WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Forecasters with the Seattle office of the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch today, Monday, November 28th, forewarning of “possible heavy snow” beginning tomorrow in the lowlands of Whatcom County and other northern areas of western Washington north of Everett. The watch is in effect between 1pm on Tuesday and 4pm on Wednesday.
Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are possible according to the watch statement and more snow accumulations are expected in higher elevations in the area.
While snow can be expected through the remainder of the week, Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning appear to hold the best prospect for receiving inches of accumulation. Less than an inch of accumulation is currently forecast for the days following.
A wind advisory for the lowlands was canceled this afternoon. It was expected to continue to 10pm today. Forecasters this morning said windy spots in Whatcom and Skagit counties may see gusts near 45mph late Tuesday in front of a cold front.
While the Fraser Valley outflow winds failed to materialize to expected strength, they have assisted in bringing frigid temperatures to Whatcom County lowland areas.
Another winter storm watch was also issued during the same time period for higher elevations in the Cascades and foothills within Whatcom and Skagit Counties where total snow accumulations of 12 to 24 inches are possible in the higher elevations and 6 to 12 inches in the valleys. Winds could gust as high as 40mph.
Forecasters also say this unsettled weather pattern is expected to remain during the second half of the week with below normal temperatures and occasional precipitation bring showers and/or snow.
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.