More snow in Ferndale – is more in the forecast?

main st downtown after 3rd day of snow 2019-02-13 photo tim probst
View of Main Street looking east from 3rd Avenue after an overnight snow event (February 13, 2019). Photo courtesy of Tim Probst
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The Ferndale area woke to inches more snow this morning, Wednesday, February 13th, after a slow-moving system passed over parts of Skagit County and western Whatcom County overnight.

Ferndale School District officials announced last night that classes at all schools would be canceled today. Several other businesses and agencies also announced closures or delayed openings as a result of the weather. Road conditions can be view via WSDOT traffic cameras and local MFN webcams on the MFN Traffic page.

Forecasters say to expect a change in the weather as temperatures are expected to begin rising above freezing today and perhaps stay above freezing beginning tomorrow.

But with these near-freezing temperatures comes the challenge of forecasting whether precipitation will fall as snow or rain or a mix of both.

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Skies are expected to clear late this morning and highs in the mid-30s are expected this afternoon. With the clear skies comes no chance of precipitation. Temperatures are expected to drop again tonight into the mid-20s.

Precipitation returns early Thursday morning before temperatures warm up creating a chance for snow before 10am. The probability of precipitation increases through the day and evening. Forecasters expect rain, possibly mixed with snow, as a result. Low temperatures Thursday night will be in the low-30s, hovering around freezing.

High temperatures Friday are expected in the upper-30s, perhaps reaching 40°, and lows Friday night are expected to be in the mid-30s. The chance of precipitation continues through Friday and into Saturday.

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Forecasters warn of the risks of surface water flooding and landslides with several inches of snow melting combined with additional rain over already saturated ground. Clearing snow and ice from around street drains and roadside ditches can help prevent surface flooding.

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