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Live: Thursday/Friday winter weather watch

Early morning snow seen looking east on Main Street from Ferndale True Value Hardware (December 9, 2016). Photo: Discover Ferndale

This article will be updated as needed with news and information regarding the forecast snow event this evening.

8am – Whatcom Transportation Authority advises buses are running late through Ferndale. Call 676-RIDE (7433) for updates.

7am – While there is not a lot of accumulation on the roads, they are slick. According to Ferndale Public Works Supervisor Bo Westford, they have been applying de-icer over the past two days on the priority snow routes (see graphic below) and are currently plowing what snow is sticking. In addition, they are applying a salt/sand mix on the slick spots.

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City of Ferndale “priority snow routes.” Not shown is Slater Road between LaBounty Drive and Rural Avenue and Portal Way to just north of Grandview Road.

6:15am – As drivers head out, reports of crashes around the county are beginning to be heard over the police and aid radio.

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5:40am – Ferndale School District officials announced this morning all Ferndale schools will be closed today due to the winter weather conditions.

4:15am – the most recent Winter Weather Advisory (still in effect until noon today) from the National Weather Service reads,

“snowfall is expected to continue over western Whatcom County this morning before transitioning to rain by noon today. Mixed precipitation… such as freezing rain… is possible at times during the transition from snow to rain between 10 am and noon today… up to an additional 2 inches of snow is possible this morning”

3:45am – Snow flurries began being reported in the area shortly after midnight. Gusty winds continue and temperatures are in the mid to upper 20s around Ferndale. In town web cameras and I-5 traffic cameras show some snow accumulation on the roadway.

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Drivers should exercise caution when heading out this morning as wind gusts can make driving difficult, especially in high profile vehicles, which is only complicated by the snow.

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10:45pm – The wind continues to blow and the anticipated snow has reached as far north as Camino Island. We will check back around 5am with roads and schools information.

8:45pm – There haven’t been any updates since there hasn’t been anything of significance to report. Weather radar confirms the forecast weather system is heading north through Puget Sound and has nearly reached the Ferndale area. But live traffic cameras at areas along the I-5 corridor to the south do not indicate any snow accumulations north of Tacoma.

Conditions can change quickly and forecasters continue to expect snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches.

4:40pm – Just to be sure, your evening commute will not be impacted by the forecast snow event. The front of the weather system is currently over Everett. Lowland areas around Puget Sound south of Everett to Tacoma are seeing only rain at this point while the peninsula and slightly higher elevations (e.g. foothills) are seeing snow.

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2:30pm – Current weather concerns are more about wind and extreme cold temperatures than snow. With the temperature around 30° and sustained winds of about 15mph, combined they create a wind chill factor of 19°. While the wind gusts recorded at a weather station near Ferndale High School have reached 44mph, there have been no lasting power outages in the area.

But one neighbor on Northwest Drive may be surprised to find their carport not where they left it due to it having been flipped by the high winds today.

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High winds are being blamed for flipping a carport on Northwest Drive (December 8, 2016). Photo: Discover Ferndale

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