The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood watch, high wind watch and winter storm watch for parts of Western Washington including Bellingham from Sunday, Dec. 16, through Tuesday, Dec. 18.
The high wind watch is in effect from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. Winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph are predicted in Bellingham. The winds may be strong enough to topple trees and cause power outages.
The coastal flood watch is in effect during high tide around 8 to 9 a.m. Monday morning. Storm surge flooding and waves of 8 to 11 feet are predicted through the Strait of Juan De Fuca.
High tide at Cherry Point near Ferndale is predicted to be 10 ½ feet Sunday morning. Tides over inland waters will already be near the highest of the year, and with a forecast tidal anomaly of 1 to 2 feet, the tide could reach 12 ½ feet at Cherry Point.
Heavy snow is likely in the North Cascades, with accumulations of 1.5 to 3 feet beginning midday Sunday through late Monday night. The snow may be accompanied by strong winds, creating blizzard conditions.