Why Does Whatcom County Get More Snow?

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - Those that live in Whatcom County know you tend to get more snow than the rest of the area. Sometimes, arctic air will come down from Canada, but the Cascades block most of it, instead pushing it well to our east into the Rocky Mountain states, keeping our temperatures near normal.

However some of that arctic air can "leak" though the gaps from the Fraser River Valley in southern British Columbia, bring much colder air to Lynden, Ferndale, Bellingham, etc.

Sometimes, the winds are cold enough to when moisture moves in, they can get snow while the rest of us are still in the low 40s with plain ol' rain.

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