Forecast: Freezing nights ahead for most of Whatcom County

It’s time to dig out the ice scraper: Temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s Tuesday and Wednesday nights as the first significant freezes of fall hit most of Whatcom County.

Gusty, cold winds coming out of the Fraser River Valley will usher in the cold. A wind advisory remains in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, as forecasters expect sustained winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts that could reach 45 mph. Winds that strong usually result in a few scattered power outages from downed trees and tree limbs.

Bellingham and areas to the north likely will be most affected by those winds, according to the National Weather Service.

The low in Bellingham is expected to drop to about 28 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Some interior areas will experience even colder temperatures. That’s cold enough to kill sensitive plants and rupture garden hoses that haven’t been drained. Pet owners should make sure their animals have safe, warm shelter and that their water dishes do not freeze.

While the days will be chilly, they’ll be sunny. Expect highs in the mid-40s Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the NWS.

Nighttime temperatures are expected to rise a few degrees, to just above freezing, in most lowland areas Thursday night as some clouds come in along with a slight chance of rain.

Expect more sun Friday and Saturday, with the first significant chance of rain Saturday night into Sunday.