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