Light snow expected Saturday across Whatcom County

The scattered rain and snow showers that fell on Whatcom County Friday, Jan. 2, are predicted to continue through Saturday, Jan. 3.

Saturday's high temperature will be about 37 degrees, and less than half an inch of snow is expected to accumulate across most of Whatcom County, according to the National Weather Service. Higher elevations such as Maple Falls could see an inch of snow.

Drivers should be careful. Slick roads caused several fender-benders and cars to slide off roads Friday.

The snow should switch to rain by early Sunday. Sunday's temperature is expected to reach close to 40 degrees in the Bellingham area, according to the National Weather Service.

For those heading up to the Mt. Baker Ski Area this weekend, the Department of Transportation has crews plowing and sanding Mount Baker Highway.

As of Friday, Jan. 2, crews had made it as far as Maple Falls.

Mount Baker Highway between Bellingham and Maple Falls was covered with compact snow and ice, but there were cleared tire tracks for cars to follow, said Bronlea Mishler, DOT spokeswoman.

If more snow falls this weekend, Mishler said drivers should have studded tires or chains on hand, though neither was required as of Friday.

Snoqualmie, Stevens and White mountain passes were all open Friday. Chains and traction tires were required at Stevens and White Pass, and traction tires were recommended at Snoqualmie.

Kris Olson, a spokeswoman with the DOT, said she did not anticipate any long-term closures of the passes over the weekend, but the roads do have compact snow and ice, making them slick.

For updated information on the mountain passes, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes.

Reach Isabelle Dills at isabelle.dills@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2276