WHATCOM ­— Hold your ground against high winds. Then get the parka ready.
  
A high wind warning was forecast by the National Weather Service for Friday morning, Jan. 10, for northwest Washington.  Expect a steady south wind of 35 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.
  
This was the advisory: “Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.”
  
The blowing, which may be worse farther south, will ease in the afternoon.
Then the weather scenario for next week from The Weather Channel calls for temperatures to nosedive into the teens on Sunday. The cold continues with a high of 19 degrees on Monday and a low of 8 and even worse on Tuesday with a high of 13 degrees and a low of 7.
  
The deep-freeze moderates somewhat on Wednesday and Thursday, but temps still do not get above 32 degrees.
 
Snow? Possibly on Sunday and from Wednesday, Jan. 15, on for at least a week, the chance of snow or snow showers remains in the forecast.
  
AccuWeather gives a similar forecast, with the extreme cold beginning already this Monday, Jan. 13.