Bellingham faces region's first snow storm

Bellingham faces region's first snow storm »Play Video
A pedestrian walks through the snow in Bellingham on Friday night.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The region's first snow storm rolled into the far northern reaches of Washington Friday evening, bringing near blizzard like conditions to Bellingham and treacherous driving conditions.

Bone-chilling winds – gusting to 40 miles per hour – blew through the area as temperatures plummeted into the upper 20s in Bellingham. For those braving the outdoors, that wind chill made it feel like temperatures were in the single digits.

Witnesses report several roads, including Interstate 5, became covered in snow as traffic crawled along Friday night. By Saturday morning, the freeway was mostly clear. However, some side roads were still dealing with some slushy conditions.

The San Juan Islands also received its first taste of "winter" with snow reported in Eastsound and Friday Harbor.

Aside from a few straggling showers early Saturday morning, the rest of the day is looking dry and chilly with highs in the low 40s in northern Washington.

On Saturday night through Sunday, that area is expected to see cooler air filtering in. However, moisture will be in short supply. Snow levels will likely be near sea level to a few hundred feet, but our Seattle-based weathercasters say there will only be flurries – at best – because the air looks quite dry. The lows for Saturday night range from 28 degrees to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, with highs Sunday in the mid- to upper-30s.

The greater Seattle area could see icy roads for Monday morning and snow accumulations in spots. The region could dry out as Monday progresses, but more arctic air fills in. By Monday night, lows are expected to be in the upper teens to mid-20s.

View more photos of the Bellingham storm.

In Oregon, snow hit Highway 26 on the way to the coast on Saturday. More is expected over the next few days.

Check out Portland's forecast here.