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Heavy snow expected at Mt. Baker Ski Area; Bellingham snow unlikely

Scenes from opening day at Mt. Baker Ski Area, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
Scenes from opening day at Mt. Baker Ski Area, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Heavy snow is expected in the mountains this weekend, with Mt. Baker Ski Area getting up to 20 inches of new snow by Saturday night, Dec. 27.

A dusting of snow is forecast in Bellingham for the weekend, but a National Weather Service meteorologist said significant accumulation wasn’t likely.

“I would consider that a worst-case scenario,” said meteorologist Steven Reedy. “For Bellingham, it doesn’t look like this is going to be much of a concern at all.”

A winter storm warning for the Cascades is in effect from midnight Friday through 6 a.m. Sunday. Anyone planning to drive in the mountains should be prepared for delays and should carry chains and other winter necessities. Make sure to check conditions at wsdot.com/traffic/passes/.

The National Weather Service expects the heaviest snow north of Mount Rainier.

Mt. Baker Ski Area now has all eight chairlifts operating and has opened both base areas and its three lodges, according to its snow report. New terrain is being opened as more snow arrives.

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