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Wind and wind chill advisories issued for Whatcom County

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WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Forecasters with the Seattle office of the National Weather Service continue to warn of persistent unseasonably cold temperatures through most of the week with highs in the mid 20s to mid 30s. Fraser Valley outflow winds are expected to return Tuesday night through at least Wednesday, bringing wind chills back down below 0°.

A wind advisory will be in effect from 4pm this afternoon, Tuesday, December 28th, to 4pm tomorrow. Northeast sustained winds of 20mph to 35mph with gusts to 50mph are expected during this time. Power outages continue to be possible during these high winds.

A wind chill advisory will be in effect from 7pm this evening to 1pm Wednesday due to “Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 10° below zero.” The advisory also said to expect the coldest wind chills to occur after midnight tonight.

With these very cold temperatures, frost bite and hypothermia can occur fast. People are advised to dress in layers and cover exposed skin. Pets and livestock also need to also be protected from the extreme cold.

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