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Morning traffic, transit and weather

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Stuck on the road/air/water? Text or call us (when you can do so safely) at 360-223-1438 and we can look into it.

TRAFFIC

Birch Bay-Lynden Road remains closed between Kickerville Road and Portal Way due to a washout (repairs are underway). It is anticipated temporary fixes will allow the road to reopen “by March.” Permanent fixes will be years away.

S Pass Road remains closed approximately 0.1 miles east of North Pass Road due to an active landslide. Repairs are underway and once complete, possibly by the end of February, the road will reopen to single-lane traffic.

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North Fork Road remains closed to the public 2 miles north of Mosquito Lake Road due to a washed out a section of road temporarily repaired with gravel. It is expected to be reopened once paving can occur this spring. Until then, everyone should avoid this route if at all possible.

Everson Road (SR544) has a speed reduction (25mph) at the Nooksack River bridge while both lanes remain open. WSDOT says this “will continue until a new bridge can be designed and built.”

Goshen Road remains closed approximately 500 feet west of Roberts Road due to flood damage. It is hoped to be able to reopen the road for public use mid-February.

Drayton Harbor Road, immediately west of Shintaffer Road, continues to erode after heavy rain and high tide events. A single lane of the road is open with a stop sign at both ends.

The road to Artist Point from the Heather Meadows Day Lodge at the Mount Baker Ski Area is closed to vehicle traffic for the winter season.

There is compact snow and ice in places on Mount Baker Highway under clear skies with no vehicle restrictions.

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Readers are encouraged to stay up to date on local driving conditions via the Whatcom News Traffic page.


TRANSIT

Whatcom Transit Authority buses will be running on regular routes and schedules. Except for the following

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  • 4 Downtown: While State Street is closed south of Ohio Street during the bridge replacement, catch the bus on Cornwall Street.

Monitor the WTA interactive map through the day.

The Lumi Island ferry is operating on its regular schedule.

Bellingham International Airport flights are arriving and departing without local delays


WEATHER

There are currently no active weather alerts.

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General western Washington forecast from the National Weather Service says a cold front will sweep across the region today, bringing another round of rain to the lowlands of western Washington and snow to the mountains.

Western Whatcom County
Highs in the mid 40s. Breezy, with south winds with gusts up to 30mph. Chance of precipitation is 90% to 100%.

Eastern Whatcom County
Highs in the mid 40s. Breezy, with south winds with gusts up to 25mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. There is a winter weather advisory in effect for areas 3,500 feet and above from 1pm to 10pm due to total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches expected and winds gusting up to 40mph.

Whatcom County Coast
Small craft advisories are in effect for all waters. Winds are expected to ease late tonight.


Whatcom News readers are encouraged to stay up to date with the current weather forecast for their specific locations via the Whatcom News Weather page. Tapping anywhere on the map will display a detailed location-specific forecast.

2 Comments

  1. David Yancey February 4, 2022

    I really enjoy the Whatcom News. I was very interested in the new volunteer program the Bellingham Police Dept. started involving unarmed but uniformed personnel walking around downtown Bellingham. Where could I find that article?

    • Whatcom News Post author | February 4, 2022

      When looking for recent stories that may have scrolled off the front page, clicking the “Load more posts” button will extend the list. But, always the better choice, use the “Search” function (accessible at the top left corner of all pages on the site – look for the magnifying glass icon). A search for ‘downtown Bellingham’ brings up 73 stories and the first one is the one you’re looking for.

      I hope this helps.

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