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Downed tree leaning on power lines on Newkirk Road (August 2015). Photo: Discover Ferndale

Concerns for damaging winds Saturday lessen

Updated weather forecast computer models put the location of an expected low pressure system further offshore than earlier models. As a result, the current forecast from the National Weather Service Seattle office reflects a reduction in the strength of the wind gusts expected Saturday, April 7th.

Forecaster say, based on 2 of 3 computer models, the strongest winds produced by this system will likely be along the Oregon and Washington coastal regions. From Everett and areas northward across Whidbey Island and through the Admiralty Inlet are still expected to see high winds. For the rest of western Washington, “just normal breezy blustery weather Saturday night and Sunday.”

The 3rd model, the European Center for Medium range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF), does continue to expect high winds for the northern interior, including the Ferndale area, with gusts over 50mph. Timing according to this forecast model is for strong southeast winds between noon Saturday to noon Sunday peaking about 6pm Saturday.

Environment Canada has not issued any wind alerts for Saturday.

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