View towards downtown Bellingham
A point of pride for Whatcom County is the periodic micro climate cold weather events. For most of the winter, Whatcom County and Bellingham are very much the same as the rest of western Washington. But if cold air and high pressure builds up in the British Columbia interior, Whatcom County's weather and to a lesser extent the San Juans and north coast of the Olympic Peninsula will have weather markedly different than the rest of western Washington.
This weekend and continuing into today fit that difference. Even Cliff Mass put up a hyperbole headline bellingham-and-environs-is-buried-in-snow and provides a description of the snow event. A comment on the post by Colleen sums up the micro climate, "Left Lakewood around noon, driving back to north Whatcom County. When we hit the road it was 45 degrees with no precipitation. Light rain in Tacoma. Heavier rain through Seattle and Everett. Swirling snowflakes and light wind in Mount Vernon. Real snow and wind in Bellingham with somewhat messy roads. Problems really began north of B'ham due to the northeaster and accompanying snow drifts. By the time I reached our place in Lynden the drifts were already 4 feet high. Definitely qualifies as one of our more notable "blizzards" of late, though it would take much more snow, over a longer period of time, to rank big time."
Even this morning the cold temperatures were hanging in Whatcom County. NWS noted the pressure difference between interior BC and Bellingham is still strong enough to keep the clod interior air flowing:
SNOW WILL FALL AT TIMES UP IN THE FRASER OUTFLOW OVER WRN WHATCOM COUNTY. THAT WILL BE CHANGING TO WET SNOW THEN RAIN...BUT BLI-YWL IS -14.5MB AT 8AM AND A WINTER STORM WARNING IS STILL IN EFFECT FOR WRN WHATCOM COUNTY TODAY.
Fortunately the shame part of the snow event will be short. Despite the more frequent and large snows in Bellingham relative to the rest of western Washington, very little sidewalk clearing takes place. Hence, my walk to the office this morning was a bit hampered and the walk home though deep slush and ice pickled my feet. Partly irritating as I walked by 4 parking lots cleared of snow, but with the sidewalks left.
Perhaps it is because I was born in New Hampshire and lived for a time in the Midwest that my attitude towards what one does when it snows is a bit different that most Bellinghamhasters.
Stratum Group office at Haleck and Young - Winter 2012
"Blessed are the snow shovellers, for they are kind to pedestrians" - Lisa, Winter 2014.