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There’s a storm coming that could cause some problems this weekend

Watch the wind on the water

A Wind Advisory was issued by NOAA for coastal Whatcom County means winds up to 35mph or more creates white caps on Bellingham Bay, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.
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A Wind Advisory was issued by NOAA for coastal Whatcom County means winds up to 35mph or more creates white caps on Bellingham Bay, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

A high wind watch was issued for Saturday night, as a storm heading through Western Washington could topple trees and knock out power.

Sustained winds of 20-40 mph are possible, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle. Meteorologists said gusts could reach 60 mph.

Peak winds are expected early Sunday. The watch is in effect from 8 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday.

With winds coming from the southeast, coastal areas of Whatcom County are expected to be hardest-hit, including Bellingham, Cherry Point and Ferndale.

Showers are expected Saturday, with temperatures in the mid-40s. Rain is likely Sunday, with highs in the mid-40s.

Lows will be around 40 both days.

In the mountains, snow levels will be below 3,000 feet, and up to a foot of snow is expected in the North Cascades through Sunday. A winter weather advisory is in effect through Saturday night.

Avalanche danger is high above the treeline in Whatcom County, and considerable near the treeline.

Across the Salish Sea, a gale warning has been issued for the Strait of Georgia.

South winds of 25 to 35 knots are forecast, easing to 15 to 25 knots. Waves of 3 to 6 feet are expected, subsiding to 2 to 5 feet.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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