More strong winds expected Wednesday evening in Bellingham area


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Tammy Webster, left, daughter Kelsy Webster, Olivia Kovacs and her mother Jennifer Kovacs, all from Puyallup, try to hold onto their umbrellas in the wind while waiting for their rides on West College Way at Western Washington University Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, after taking a tour of the campus.


BELLINGHAM — As a light breeze lingers from a windstorm on Tuesday, Feb. 18, another looming storm has prompted a wind advisory in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 3 a.m. Thursday.

Tuesday’s windstorm brought gusts of up to 60 mph, which will only be a shade stronger than Wednesday’s, National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Haner said.

“It may not be quite as strong,” Haner said. “But it will come in fast.”

Wednesday night could yield wind gusts of up to 50 mph, which could snap tree branches and cause power outages. Mt. Baker Ski Area will get a heavy dumping of snow, Haner said, with about a foot of new snow.

The lowlands will see temperatures comfortably above freezing, Haner said, which could mean another helping of rain, similar to re-cent storms in the area.

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