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Get ready for possible snow in the lowlands of Whatcom County

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the North Cascades in Whatcom and Skagit counties until 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the North Cascades in Whatcom and Skagit counties until 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18. The Bellingham Herald file

The lowlands of Whatcom County could see some snow later this week, but a white Christmas is looking like a long shot.

A wet weather system may collide with cold, dry air on Tuesday evening, possibly bringing some snow to areas like Bellingham, according to the National Weather Service. It will depend on when the cold air arrives, dropping temperatures to near freezing Tuesday night, said meteorologist Jay Albrecht.

According to the forecast, snow accumulation is expected to be light in Bellingham, Ferndale and Lynden. The potential of more snow could be in areas like the San Juan Islands and Port Angeles, Albrecht said.

Once the weather system passes Tuesday night, Whatcom County is expected to hit a cold and mostly dry period that could last into New Year’s Day. There is a possibility of snow in Bellingham on Thursday, but on most days it is expected to be clear, with evening lows in the 20-degree range and daytime highs in the 30s.

While Christmas day is expected to be cold and sunny at this point, Albrecht said there’s a possibility a weather system could arrive and bring some snow.

“I wouldn’t completely write off a chance at a white Christmas,” Albrecht said.

It’s a different story at Mt. Baker Ski Area, which has received more than two feet of snow since Sunday with more in the forecast. The snow level in the North Cascades could drop as low as 300 feet in some areas, according to National Weather Service.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

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