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Northwest drivers freak out about snow, but rain has its own challenges

Drivers in the Pacific Northwest may freak out about navigating in snow, but rain-slicked roads and poor visibility are more common winter driving challenges.
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Drivers in the Pacific Northwest may freak out about navigating in snow, but rain-slicked roads and poor visibility are more common winter driving challenges.

Gardeners might want to hold off watering their spring plants — showers are expected over the next two days and a pair of stronger storms lurk around the corner, forecasters said.

Showers are expected to start Tuesday night and extend into Thursday, with breezy winds about 15 mph, gusting to about 25 mph, the National Weather Service said in an email.

Winds could be strong enough to knock down small branches and limbs, with localized power outages possible around Whatcom County.

A stronger storm system arrives late Thursday and lasts into Friday, with breezy conditions and periods of heavier rain.

Heavier rain and windy conditions are expected late Saturday into Sunday, the weather service said.

Temperatures will be cooler, with daytime highs in the mid-50s and overnight lows in the 40s.

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Robert Mittendorf covers civic issues, weather, traffic and how people are coping with the high cost of housing for The Bellingham Herald. A journalist since 1984, he’s also a volunteer firefighter for South Whatcom Fire Authority.
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