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Washington Street and Vista Drive as seen via the MFN traffic cam (January 14, 2020).

Ferndale area forecast: Low temps & powerful winds to continue

FERNDALE, Wash. — National Weather Service forecasters in Seattle say the Ferndale area can expect a few more bitter cold days with a few opportunities for more snow.

Areas to the north and south of Ferndale have seen some snow accumulation where locally it has been more of a dusting. Wet roads that frozen as temperatures dropped posed more of a hazard to drivers yesterday but well-traveled roads are now mostly bare and dry.

A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect for western Whatcom County until 11am today, Tuesday, January 14th.

A Winter Storm Watch for western Whatcom County will be in effect this evening through Wednesday morning. Snow and more low wind chills are possible during that time forecasters warn. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are possible.

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A High Wind Watch was issued this morning that will be in effect from 7am Wednesday through 1am Thursday. It warns of sustained northeast winds of 25 to 40mph with gusts up to 60mph possible in western Whatcom and San Juan Counties.

Forecasters say the strong winds are expected to develop Wednesday afternoon, peak Wednesday evening and decrease Thursday morning.

Computer models expect temperatures to remain in the teens to the low 20s until late Wednesday when a warm and moist system is expected to move into the area. Temperatures could increase to 40° by early Thursday when winds shift to a southerly flow. Later Thursday, temperatures are expected to return to the low 30s again as winds shift to an easterly flow.

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Temperatures are expected to hover in the 30s with the occasional chance of rain and/or snow Friday and Saturday.

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