Strong winds blow through Bellingham; frost in forecast


BELLINGHAM - Goodbye fog, hello fall. Strong winds blew across Whatcom County Monday morning, Oct. 28, and a frost advisory for Bellingham has been issued for Monday night.

About 300 Whatcom County residents had no power at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, after gusty winds started to blow Sunday night and continued into the morning, according to a Puget Sound Energy spokesman.

With no major outages – those that affect a few hundred people at a time – crews were running from place to place Monday morning to fix small outages scattered throughout the county, PSE spokesman Ray Lane said.

Winds gusted up to 32 mph at Bellingham International Airport Sunday night, with gusts reached up to 40 mph Monday.

Residents in Bellingham may want to bring in or cover plants that could die in freezing temperatures. The National Weather Service issued the advisory Monday, warning of frost in western Whatcom County as early as 11 p.m. Temperatures are expected to be right around freezing and could dip into the 20s in some areas.

Some areas of Whatcom County already have had overnight freezes, but this would be the first one this fall in Bellingham.

Later in the week, forecasters are predicting what looks like the start of the rainy season.

Bellingham has been among the driest areas in the state this October, according to the National Weather Service, with only 1.75 inches of measurable precipitation in a month that sees 3.7 inches on average.

But after three sunny days to start this week, the forecast calls for above normal rain and below normal temperatures for at least the next two weeks.

"Loosely translated, it looks to be cool and wet," said Johnny Burg, meteoroligist with the National Weather Service in Seattle. "We'll probably start getting into our wet weather pattern."

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