In 48 hours to Monday, 39 inches of snow fell at the Mt. Baker Ski Area
WHATCOM — County residents may make it relatively unscathed through a series of storms to start the new year.
Wind and rain have pelted the region for days. However, Whatcom County Emergency Management said Monday that while the Nooksack River did come up last weekend, it remained below flood stage.
“And none of the weather systems over the next week appear to have enough moisture to drive the river back up,” a website post stated.
Tuesday was predicted to bring another blast of rain, wind with gusts up to 60 mph, high tides and avalanche and landslide potential, although it appeared to be less. There might be power outages and water over roadways, warned Emergency Management.
The Whatcom County Public Works internet Road Closure page will list any road problems or closures caused by water or debris from storms.
A coastal gale warning extended into Wednesday.
Rainfall in the week from Dec. 29 through Jan. 4 was about 3.8 inches, as recorded by the Perry family’s National Weather Service station on Van Buren Road and printed in the Lynden Tribune on page A2.
Already last week, the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement of increased threat of landslides in western Washington due to the heavy rainfall. And there was a winter storm warning for heavy snow above 3,000 feet until midnight Monday. Another 5-15 inches of snow was possible. Avalanche risk is increased.
The Mt. Baker Ski Area reported 39 inches of snowfall within a 48-hour period to Monday, and it was continuing to snow. The base at Heather Meadows is now 140 inches.
Expect rain or at least a chance of rain every day this week except Thursday “when we might see the sun,” the county predicts. Temperatures will remain moderate in the 40s, somewhat colder at higher elevations. Winds were expected to pick up into Tuesday night, with gusts 25-30 mph in places.
King tides (of at least 10.1 feet) are happening in coming weeks. The highest (10.4-10.6)will be on Jan. 12-15. Combined with extra storm or wind, they could cause coastal damage.
This was a longer-range Net:forecast from Ag Weather Net: Another front moves into the Pacific Northwest on Friday with the low pressure center skirting northwest Washington and bringing more chances of rain and mountain snow with lingering showers for parts of the state Saturday. The overall outlook is “repeated frontal passages to keep rain and snow chances in Washington for most of the week.”
Also: Whatcom County Emergency Management reports that Portal Way has been reopened to through traffic from the Dec. 22 train oil car derailment at Custer. Cleanup activity may still be going on, leading to some short delays for vehicles. Watch for flaggers.