Friday's surprise snow in Bellingham may repeat Sunday

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 7, 2014 

Snow dusting

Used car lot attendant Mathew Doak starts a car on the Northwest Honda dealership lot on Iowa Street in Bellingham, Friday morning, Feb. 7, 2014, after a dusting of snow hit the area.

PHILIP A. DWYER — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

BELLINGHAM - A surpise morning snowfall on Friday, Feb. 7, that led to several car crashes could give a repeat performance Sunday.

No rain or snow is expected Saturday, athough lows in the mid-20s and highs in the mid-30s will keep things brisk, National Weather Service meteorologist Josh Smith said. Sunday likely will bring precipitation, which will turn to snow with the still-low temperatures.

No significant accumulations are expected, Smith said, and the snow will look a lot like Friday's.

"We're not expecting a huge snowstorm," Smith said.

Temperatures are supposed to warm up Sunday night, changing any precipitation to rain.

Weather forecasters did not expect the Friday morning snow. It was concentrated almost entirely within the Bellingham city limits.

"It's tough to say exactly where these things will pop up," Smith said. "Bellingham happened to be the center."

Drivers also seemed to be caught off-guard, with several small crashes reported in the morning, especially in hilly areas like Barkley, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht said. No major injuries were reported in those crashes.

Because of the slick road conditions, Bellingham school buses were on snow routes to avoid steep hills. Lummi Nation schools did the same.

Bellingham and state Department of Transportation crews applied de-icer or sand to roads to try to keep them safe.

Reach James Kozanitis at 360-715-2249 or james.kozanitis@bellinghamherald.com.

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