Temps in teens; some spots out of power
WHATCOM — Schools across the county were closed Monday due to the frigid and windy weather.
Schools or districts that cancelled classes were: Assumption Catholic, Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, Lynden, Lynden Christian, Meridian, Mount Baker, Nooksack Valley, Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College and Whatcom Discovery Center.
The predicted cold crept into Whatcom County overnight Saturday to Sunday. It was carried on northeast winds that picked up beyond 20 mph and blew an inch or two of dry snow. The temperature dropped during Sunday from the upper 20s into the teens.
Schools that at first set delayed openings for Monday went to full closure.
The outdoor chill was at 17 in Lynden at 9:20 a.m. Monday. Wind at about 20 mph from the northeast was expected to subside gradually into Tuesday.
A high wind warning was issued by the National Weather Service for northwest Washington until 4 p.m. Monday. Steady winds were 25 to 45 mph and gusts were 50 to 55 mph.
Puget Sound Energy, on its online outage map, showed about 96 power outages in Whatcom County, with major ones affecting about 307 customers in the Lake Terrell area west of Ferndale and 68 customers in the Kendall area.