NWS issued a new Winter Weather Advisory just for western Whatcom County. It is in effect until 4am tomorrow (Saturday) and forecasts 1 to 3 inches of snow with isolated accumulations of 4 inches possible. The advisory emphasized particularly affected areas would be in the north County, including Ferndale, Lynden and Sumas.
The NWS Winter Weather Advisory expired at noon as temperatures south of Whatcom County have warmed up above freezing. But Whatcom County, including the Ferndale area, continues to see snowfall. The latest Weather Underground BestForecast expects snow to continue until about 2pm when it is expected to change to rain.
Law enforcement and tow trucks continue to be swamped responding to one crash after another. Lummi Shore Road is currently closed from Scott Road to Cagey Road due to a previous multi-vehicle crash. According to Lummi Communications, the road will reopen after County Public Works has been able to plow and sand it.
Temperatures around the Ferndale area are in the upper 20s to lower 30s and have held relatively constant over the past two hours. Winds have increased slightly but continue to come from the north-northeast (Fraser Valley outflow).
National Weather Service updated their forecast. While areas to the south have begun warming, the Fraser Valley outflow is noted as is keeping temperatures below freezing in western Whatcom County. As a result, the Winter Weather Advisory will expire at noon for other areas but will remain in place for western Whatcom County as more snow can be expected this afternoon.
Whatcom Transit Administration announced most buses are running late due to icy conditions and blocking disabled cars.
Church Road was recently reported by a neighbor to be a “disaster” with multiple disabled cars on both sides.
Light snow has been falling since after 6am this morning and it has had an impact on the morning routine for many in the area.
Whether you are commuting to work or driving a Ferndale School bus, it is likely you have found going slow as drivers are wary of just how slick roads can be. Reports are I-5 has been reduced to 15 to 20mph.
This wariness is warranted as there have been reports of vehicles off the roadway, at least one rollover and a multi-vehicle collision in the past hour.
A single-vehicle rollover with the vehicle resting on its top in the media has impacted I-5 southbound at the Grandview Road interchange.
Lots going on on SB5 @ Grandview. Crash in median, fire crews currently blocking right lane & emergency crews on on-ramp. pic.twitter.com/xwzozuF7hr
— WSDOT North Traffic (@wsdot_north) February 3, 2017
Haxton Way by Cagey Road is reportedly blocked due to a multi-vehicle (possibly 4 vehicles) crash.
Many Ferndale School buses are running late while schools remain on regular schedules.
Ferndale Public Works crews are out in the plows clearing and sanding roads within the city limits according to Public Works Supervisor Bo Westford. Anticipating this event, they had already applied road deicer ahead of time.