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Northern Whatcom County areas wake to light snow

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Much of Whatcom County woke to minor snow accumulations this morning, Tuesday, January 31st. Accumulations occurred more so in the northern areas of the county.

Precipitation associated with a weak front slid through Western Washington early this morning for areas of flurries and light snow showers. Most areas that observed snow recorded trace amounts, the exception being North Interior with areas of San Juan Islands, Whatcom County, and adjacent areas recording light snowfall amounts. The bulk of the precipitation has slid east of the interior, for drier weather for most through the afternoon. A chance of snow or rain/snow mix continues into this afternoon for Skagit/Whatcom County, little to no additional accumulation is expected. Temperatures will slowly moderate today into upper 30s to mid 40s. National Weather Service Seattle office (January 31, 2023)

Law enforcement agencies and tow companies were kept busy with several incidents of single vehicles sliding off of roadways and some multi-vehicle pileups. While most have been reported to be non-injury, at least 1 person was reportedly transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph’s Medical Center from a rollover incident in the area south of the Custer rest area on the southbound lanes of I-5.

Originally tweeted by NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) on January 31, 2023.
WSDOT traffic camera in Blaine at exit to Truck Customs. Originally tweeted by WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) on January 31, 2023.

Whatcom County Public Works (WCPW) reported trucks/sanders are out clearing and treating roadways.

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As of 8:45am, Hannegan Road at Kline Road was reported closed by WCPW.

They also reported that Bayon Road near Marine Drive has been posted for water over roadway.

Location of reported water over the roadway on Bayon Road

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) reported Flex service had been suspended in the Birch Bay and Blaine area as of 8:15am.

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.

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

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