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Warm, rainy system to blow through Whatcom County Wednesday

Students and staff avoid large puddles of water on Red Square during a break in the rainy weather at Western Washington University on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavier rain is expected Wednesday, but no flooding - other than puddles.
Students and staff avoid large puddles of water on Red Square during a break in the rainy weather at Western Washington University on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Heavier rain is expected Wednesday, but no flooding - other than puddles. pdwyer@bellinghamherald.com

More rain and relatively warm temperatures are in the forecast through at least Wednesday, but forecasters aren’t calling this storm a Pineapple Express.

While temperatures will rise to about 55 degrees in Bellingham on Wednesday, Jan. 27, and breezy conditions will move in, less than an inch of rain is expected to fall all day and night. The rain and limited snow melt from the brief storm aren’t expected to produce the flooding normally associated with the so-called Pineapple Express systems.

“We expect this to be a fast mover,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Art Gaebel.

Expect the heaviest rain Wednesday afternoon and night, Gaebel said.

The Northwest River Forecast Center expects the Nooksack to crest just below flood levels later this week, as is common during winter rains.

Another system later this week will drop temperatures, and snow levels could fall to 1,000 feet, though snow that low is likely to be spotty, Gaebel said.

While it was raining at Mt. Baker Ski Area on Tuesday and likely will again Wednesday, both the forecast and the ski area’s snow report call for more snow by the weekend.

Debbie Townsend: 360-715-2280, @HeraldDT

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