Bellingham's daytime high coldest on record - more to come?

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 5, 2014 

BELLINGHAM —Bellingham’s daytime high peaked at a chilly 30 degrees Wednesday, Feb. 5, breaking a record set in 1957.

The old record-low high of 33 degrees Fahrenheit could be the first of several to get eclipsed this week.

On Thursday morning the forecasted high for the day had dropped to 29 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. So the old lowest-high of 36 degrees, reached on the afternoon of Feb. 6, 1973, is likely to fall as well.

It feels much colder than that. Factoring in the wind chill, nighttime temperatures have been dropping into the single digits. Even in the daytime, the wind chill makes it feel like it’s only 10 to 15 degrees outside.

"But on Saturday, things will warm up, if you can call it that," said Johnny Burg, a meteorologist with the Seattle branch of the NWS.

He means the thermometer might rise above freezing.

As for snow? Tough to say, Burg said. There's a slim chance of a dusting in the lowlands this weekend, when that "warm" front starts to move through. But it's too far off to be sure. It's likely the brunt of the storm will hit farther south.

Next week we should be back to regular old winter weather in Bellingham: some drizzle, nightly lows around freezing, and highs in the mid-40s.

Interfaith Coalition's severe-weather shelters for the homeless will be open through Saturday night.

- Shelters are open from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., with dinner and breakfast provided.

- Two locations: a men's shelter at Faith Lutheran Church, 2750 McLeod Road; a women and children's shelter at Garden Street United Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St.

- Transportation with pickups at the Rainbow Center, 209 W. Holly St., and Church on the Street, 901 W. Holly.

- Lighthouse Mission's drop-in center, 1013, W. Holly, opens at 8 a.m.

- You can check if the shelters are open by calling 360-788-7983.

The Feb. 5, 2014, high temperature was corrected Feb. 6.

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Dispatcher Blog at bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher-blog or follow him on Twitter at @bhamcrime.

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