FERNDALE, Wash. — Winds began gusting over 40mph about 1:30am this morning according to a weather station located near Ferndale High School. Winds are expected to continue growing stronger through the day today, January 3rd, according to forecasters.
The Wind Advisory issued yesterday was updated this morning to extend to 10pm this evening and continues to forewarn of south to southeast sustained winds of 20 to 35mph with gusts up to 50mph.
The aforementioned weather station’s wind log (see graph below) shows increasing wind and gust speeds since midnight. It recorded a 60.5mph gust about 5:15am and several over 50mph after 7am.
Looking ahead in the forecast, less powerful winds and occasional rain are expected to continue through the weekend. But another strong system is expected to result in strong winds and heavier rain beginning Monday.
Hopefully the mountain precipitation expected Monday and Tuesday will fall as snow since the Nooksack River at Ferndale is expected to remain higher than normal as a result of current and weekend rain. Were the snow levels to rise in the mountains, there is a greater likelihood of the river rising to flood stage levels given its higher starting point.
National Weather Service forecasters said this morning, lower snow levels were expected over the next few days but, “There is some model disagreement on the intensity of the warm front timed [to arrive] into the area later Monday.”