Expect a windy, rainy holiday weekend in Whatcom County


BELLINGHAM - The light gusts from the morning of Friday, Feb. 14, may be a precursor of stronger winds by Saturday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind watch starting Saturday afternoon for the Bellingham area as there could be steady winds of up to 40 mph with gusts more than 50 mph, NWS meteorologist Johnny Burg said.

Although it could end up being 20-30 mph wind, it certainly looks poised to increase to dangerous levels, Burg said.

These winds can topple trees and cause isolated power outages, Burg said.

The Bellingham area is also expected to see some rain at the same time, but nothing significant. The Mount Baker area will receive a heavy dumping of snow around this time but also higher winds.

The National Weather Service probably won't issue a high-wind warning for the mountains, Burg said, though it will be breezy. Still, Mt. Baker Ski Area has advised skiers and snowboarders in the backcountry area to closely monitor the forecasts due to avalanche danger, according to the Mt. Baker snow report.

The high-wind watch is in effect until Sunday morning. Sunday and Monday will bring more rain and less wind, according to weather reports, with temperatures in the mid-40s.

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

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