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Winter hanging on in Whatcom County as officials warn of more freezing, snow and rain

Bellingham remains cold and sunny, but warmer days may be coming

Bellingham remained sunny and cold Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2016, and Whatcom County officials are warning of possible continued freezing temperatures and snow or freezing rain by Friday. The cold conditions are expected to preempt a relatively warm wee
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Bellingham remained sunny and cold Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2016, and Whatcom County officials are warning of possible continued freezing temperatures and snow or freezing rain by Friday. The cold conditions are expected to preempt a relatively warm wee

Whatcom County isn’t out of the winter weeds yet as officials warn of freezing temperatures and even some snow in the coming days.

Residents could see some snow and rain as early as Friday morning, John Gargett, deputy director of emergency management for the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement Thursday afternoon. The county collected data from the National Weather Service and its Canadian counterpart, Environment Canada. The county also contracts with a private meteorology service.

The predictions aren’t consistent across all weather agencies, Gargett said, but they all warned of possible freezing temperatures Thursday night into Friday. The cold snap could combine with potential snow showers and freezing drizzle expected throughout the county about 2 a.m. Friday, Gargett said.

The freeze could return Friday night, he added.

The cold conditions are expected to precede a relatively warm weekend, Gargett said, adding that temperatures over the weekend could reach into the low 40s.

The snow could return by the middle of next week, Gargett said.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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