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Wind advisory issued ahead of tomorrow’s wind and rain event

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Forecasters with the Seattle office of the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for western Whatcom, western Skagit and San Juan County Counties and the Admiralty Inlet area for 5am to 8pm tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18th.

As reported yesterday, strong winds and rains are expected as a low-pressure weather system makes landfall over northern Vancouver Island about 8am. Gusts near the center and over the ocean reaching upwards of 70mph.

The wind advisory warns of sustained southerly winds of 30mph to 40mph with gusts up to 55mph expected.

Due to leaves in trees, these winds can be expected to bring branches down causing localized power outages.

A winter weather advisory has also been issued from 5am tomorrow through 5am Thursday, for the Cascade Mountains and valleys of Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Snow is expected above 4,000 feet. Total snow accumulation of 4 to 15 inches is expected with the highest amounts at Mount Baker. The snow will be accompanied by winds gusting as high as 40mph.

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.

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