Snow falling in Whatcom County


Snow began falling from Lake Samish to Lynden early Saturday morning, Feb. 22, and more may be coming this weekend in Whatcom County, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures were hovering around 30 degrees at 7 a.m. Saturday, and northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph will blow cold Fraser Valley air into Whatcom County by Saturday night.

Lowland areas could get one to two inches of snow Saturday and the snow level is forecasted to stay near sea level Sunday. Though the odds seem good that the area will get more snow, what remains unclear is how much snow that will be.

"I think Whatcom County probably has one of the better shots for snow," Burg said.

The chance for snow will continue through Monday morning and might make for a dicey commute, Burg said. By the afternoon, though, things should gradually warm up and the snow level should rise to 500 feet.

Bellingham Public Works crews put down de-icer Friday and had sanders loaded and ready for snow, with drivers on-call to plow. Washington State Department of Transportation had all 12 of its trucks in the area outfitted for snow, with three drivers set for Friday night and more on call if flakes start falling.

""We always want to be prepared for the worst-case scenario," DOT spokesman Dave Chesson said.

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