WHATCOM — School was canceled or two hours late throughout the county Monday and Tuesday, as everyone battled the cold weather that rolled in Sunday night.

The temperature plummeted, as forecast, from the 40s into the teens, and was made colder by a northeast wind.

As of noon Tuesday, the temperature was 19 degrees and the wind a little over 10 mph — not the full force of past arctic blasts that blow out of the Fraser Valley into the county. The temperature dropped to 12 degrees overnight.

Lynden, Lynden Christian, Ferndale and Meridian were back in classes Tuesday, Nooksack Valley and Mount Baker still out. Some basketball games were canceled Monday.

Snowfall was lighter in north Whatcom than farther to the south.

The wind knocked down some tree branches, but no extensive power outages were known.

The weather is predicted to gradually moderate, with temps in the 20s on Wednesday and into the 30s on Thursday.