Bellingham blanketed in region's first snow storm

Bellingham blanketed in region's first snow storm
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- The region's first snow storm rolled into the far northern reaches of Washington Friday evening, bringing near blizzard like conditions to Bellingham and treacherous driving conditions.

Bone-chilling winds gusting to 40 mph blew through the area as temperatures plummeted into the upper 20s in Bellingham making it feel like temperatures were in the single digits.

Witnesses report several roads, including I-5, became covered in snow and traffic was crawling along. By Saturday morning, the freeway was mostly clear but some side roads were still dealing with some slushy conditions.

The San Juan Islands also got their first taste of "winter" with snow reported in Eastsound and Friday Harbor.

Aside from a few straggling showers early Saturday morning, the rest of the day is looking dry and chilly with highs in the low 40s.

Saturday Night / Sunday

Cooler air keeps filtering in, but moisture becomes in even more short supply. Snow levels will likely be near sea level to a few hundred feet, but we're thinking flurries at best because the air looks quite dry. Lows Saturday night range from 28-32, highs Sunday are in the mid-upper 30s.

Greater Seattle area recap: No real problems expected.

Sunday Night/ Monday Morning

Forecast models are still bouncing around a bit whether a weak disturbance will add some moisture to our chilly equation. By now, snow levels are sea level, so we're talking snow in whatever falls. It's just a question of moisture. So monitor the forecasts here because this is probably the best chance to have any impact in the main Seattle Metro areas.

In fact, some more recent forecast models paint a snowier picture than earlier versions. If nothing else, it could be quite icy Monday morning as Sunday night's lows are expected to drop to the low-mid 20s and highs Monday will be in the low-mid 30s.

Greater Seattle area recap: Could see icy roads for Monday morning and snow accumulations in spots. Stay tuned in to forecasts as the weekend plays out.

Rest of Monday

We should dry out as Monday progresses, but more arctic air fills in. By Monday night, lows are upper teens to mid 20s.

Extended forecast

Tuesday looks dry and cold with highs only in the low-mid 30s and lows Tuesday night in the 20s again. We slowly moderate through the week and should be OK by big travel Wednesday with no lowland weather-related travel issues foreseen at this point. Even the mountains might be OK as we appear to stay mainly dry. Thanksgiving through Sunday stick mainly dry with near-normal temperatures, but we'll keep tabs just in case Mother Nature tries to sneak something at us when we attempt to warm up next week.

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