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Traffic follows a City of Ferndale snow plow on Vista Drive (February 11, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News

Winter Storm Watch and High Wind Warning issued for Sunday

FERNDALE, Wash. — Forecasters in the Seattle office of the National Weather Service issued 2 weather statements for western Whatcom County this afternoon.

High Wind Warning

A High Wind Warning will be in effect from noon tomorrow, Sunday, January 12th, to 7am Monday morning. Northeast sustained winds from 35 to 45mph with gusts up to 60mph are expected to impact locations in San Juan County and western Whatcom County.

Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Wind combined with snow may result in blowing snow with reduced visibility at times.

People are advised to avoid being outside in areas with trees. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.

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Winter Storm Watch

A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect from noon tomorrow, Sunday, January 12th, to midnight Sunday evening due to the possibility for heavy snow in areas within San Juan County, western Whatcom County lowlands and western Skagit County lowlands

Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches are possible.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.

NWS forecasters summarized their current western Washington forecast as follows.

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Gusty winds, rain and heavy mountain snow will continue tonight with strong onshore flow. Fraser River outflow winds will develop Sunday and the snow level will fall to sea level as the cold air pushes south through Sunday evening. Cold, dry air will be over the area Monday and Tuesday before another weather system arrives around the middle of the week.

Stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecast for the Ferndale area on the MFN Weather page.

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