Cold temps to continue through New Year’s Eve in Whatcom County

Wind gusts as strong as 44 mph made it feel mid-20s outside Monday, Dec. 29, and the cold temperatures are expected to continue through New Year’s Eve in Whatcom County.

A handful of power outages were reported Monday, according to Puget Sound Energy. Most were limited to a few homes, but about 220 homes on Lummi Reservation lost electricity Monday afternoon.

Temperatures were expected to plummet Monday night, potentially dropping to 17 degrees in the Bellingham area, according to the National Weather Service. The previous low for Bellingham in 2014 was 18. The wind chill could drop to single digits.

By Tuesday, the wind should die down, and high temperatures are expected to be in the low- to mid-20s in Bellingham.

Anyone going outside on New Year’s Eve should bundle up, as low temperatures are expected to be in the low 20s. New Year’s Day should see a high of around 40, according to the NWS.

It will be sunny throughout the week, although warmer temperatures and cloudy weather will move into Whatcom County by the weekend. It is unlikely to rain in Bellingham until Saturday, Jan. 3, according to the NWS.

Interfaith Coalition will open its severe weather shelters to keep the homeless out of the cold through Wednesday night.

The men’s shelter has a new location this year, at the Lighthouse Mission Drop-In Center, 1013 W. Holly St., about a block north of the mission. The shelter for women and children is at Garden Street United Methodist Church, at the corner of Garden and Magnolia streets.

Shelters open at 5:30 p.m. each day. Salt on the Street will provide transportation to the shelters between 5 and 7 p.m. by picking up people at the Rainbow Center, 209 W. Holly St.; Northwest Baptist Church, 3545 Northwest Ave.; and Northwest Regional Council, 600 Lakeway Drive.

The Lighthouse Mission Drop-In Center also will be open during the day for warmth and shelter from the elements. For more information, contact 360-734-3983.