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UPDATED: Localized snow event impacts motorists on I-5 south of Bellingham

Radar image for 6am, December 9, 2021. Source: Windy.com
Radar image for 6am, December 9, 2021. Source: Windy.com

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Temperatures dropped, and snow began falling south of Bellingham this morning impacting traffic on I-5 according to reader reports.

Icy road surfaces and reduced visibility were reported between the N Lake Samish and Bow Hill interchanges.

Weather radar showed a localized system moving northeast through the area beginning about 5:30am and traffic impacts were continuing to be reported as of 7:30am.

A motorist reported the outside temperature quickly dropped from about 40° to 33° just before encountering the snow.

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Washington State Patrol Trooper Jacob Kennett said, as of 7:30am, drivers appeared to be slowing down and increasing their distances with other vehicles since there had not been any incidents reported on I-5 due to the weather.

According to first responder radio reports, snowplows had been dispatched to the area and there was a report of a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle spun out on the N Lake Samish Road overpass at I-5.

While light lowland snow was forecast as a possibility across Whatcom County this morning, it appears to be limited to the southern Bellingham and the east county regions.

UPDATE 9am – Conditions continue to remain cold and snowy with accumulations on the ground.

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UPDATE 10am – Conditions continue to remain cold and snowy with accumulations on the ground.

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