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UPDATED: Morning traffic, transit and weather

It’s 6am. Good morning!

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

The southbound left lane of I-5 will be closed today near the N Samish Lake interchange (milepost 246) from 8:30am to 3pm to complete guardrail repairs. UPDATE 8:50am: This work is canceled today based on predicted snow in the area. Please note the lane closures will be rescheduled to sometime next week, weather dependent.

A new Bellingham street, an extension of Birchwood Avenue connecting Squalicum Parkway with James Street under I-5, is now open to all traffic.

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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.

Repairs at various locations on Mount Baker Highway (SR542) continue and are expected to be completed soon.

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.

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.

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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.

Light snowing is falling this morning with compact snow on Mount Baker Highway and no vehicle restrictions.


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

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TRANSIT

Whatcom Transit Authority fixed route and flex service buses will be running on regular routes and schedules. Monitor the WTA interactive map through the day.

The Lumi Island ferry is operating on its regular schedule.

Today, February 2nd, is a punch card sale day from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. at the island-side ferry terminal ferry office. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for current needs-based customers. Payments may be made by check, US money order, or credit card. No cash accepted. 

Bellingham International Airport flights are arriving and departing without local delays


WEATHER

There are currently no active weather alerts.

General western Washington forecast from the National Weather Service says widespread sub-freezing temperatures can be found across the region this morning with increasing precipitation with the approach of a cold front. A few snowflakes will be possible, especially from Snohomish County to the Canadian border and east of I-5 through early afternoon with any light precipitation that develops. Rain expected this afternoon through Friday as a frontal system pushes across the region. Drier conditions are expected for the weekend.

Western Whatcom County
Probability of precipitation increases to 80% as the day goes on. Rain expected, possibly mixed with snow east of I-5. Highs in the mid to upper 30s. South winds 5 to 15mph. No snow accumulation expected.

Eastern Whatcom County
Probability of precipitation increases from 30% to 80% as the day goes on. Rain expected initially in the foothills, changing to snow or rain and snow in the afternoon. Mostly snow in the higher elevations and valleys. Highs in the 20s and low 30s. South winds 5 to 15mph. 1 to 3 inches new accumulation in the higher elevations.

Whatcom County Coast
A small craft advisory just ended but another can be expected from 1pm to midnight tonight for northern inland waters including the San Juan Islands.


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.

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