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Winter weather advisory issued for Whatcom County lowlands

Brown Road approaching Vista Drive after a short snow event (December 19, 2017). Photo: Whatcom News

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — National Weather Service Seattle office forecasters issued a winter weather advisory today, Saturday, December 17th.

The advisory is in effect from 4pm today through 4pm tomorrow in western Whatcom County, including Point Roberts, Lummi Island, Bellingham and Sumas.

The advisory says to expect mixed precipitation with snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches with a light glaze of ice. East-northeast winds changing to northeast (colder Fraser Valley outflow winds) and gusting up to 45mph are also expected.

Forecasters warn motorists to plan on slippery road conditions. Winds this strong could bring down tree branches causing property damage and causing power outages.

Forecasters say this is the first of several chances for wintry precipitation to the western Washington area, including the lowlands, through at least the first half of the week. A warmer pattern is expected to arrive over the area later in the week.

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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