Sunny skies forecast for the week ahead in Whatcom County

Just in time for the upcoming spring break at most local public schools, what’s been a stormy and rainy winter in Western Washington is about to turn bright and sunny – at least for a week or so.

“Bellingham, along with the rest of Western Washington, is going to have a transition day Monday (March 28). ... Then, we’re expecting warmer temperatures through the week,” said Josh Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle. “It’ll be nice, definitely an improvement. Friday and Saturday are looking pretty nice at this point.”

A sunny sky is forecast through the weekend, with high temperatures in the mid-50s to low 60s. Overnight lows will be in the low to mid-40s.

Warmth and sun will be especially welcome after Sunday, March 27, which saw a morning of periodic heavy rain and scattered thundershowers across Western Washington – including a funnel cloud of swirling air that did not touch down in Snohomish, Smith said.

Smith said the forecasters have favorable extended climate models for the week of spring break, starting Friday, April 1, and for a week to 10 days after that.

“Both of those are for above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation,” he said.

That’s quite a contrast from the relatively wet and stormy winter, which featured a pair of ferocious and damaging windstorms and long stretches of rainy, gloomy sky. From Dec. 1 through March 27, about 18.54 inches of rain had been recorded in Bellingham, Smith said. That figure is higher than the winter normal of 15.13 inches, but not among the top 10 record-breaking years, he said.

“We’ve had a decent number of storms hit us this year,” Smith said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-715-2805, @bhamMitty