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Whatcom County and areas to the south wake to not-so-surprising snow

Sumas border crossing (SR9) truck spur (February 24, 2022). WSDOT traffic camera image

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Reports of snow falling began before midnight last night and into the early hours this morning, Thursday, February 24th.

A weak weather system moving southward through the area overnight brought light precipitation while temperatures remained in the mid-20s across much of the county. Snow accumulations between a half and 2 inches have been reported across the county lowland areas.

Forecasters had forewarned of the possibility for snow and road maintenance crews were out yesterday spraying anti-icing treatment on main arterials and highways.

Guide Meridian (SR539) at Front Street (February 24, 2022). WSDOT traffic camera image
Guide Meridian (SR539) at Front Street (February 24, 2022). WSDOT traffic camera image

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), pretreating dry roads with liquid calcium chloride, sodium chloride or magnesium chloride helps to keep the roadway safer.

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  • prevents ice from forming
  • reduces amount of snow buildup
  • accelerates snow and ice break up after a storm

As of 5am, law enforcement across the county have responded to a few non-injury traffic incidents that were likely the result of slick roads.

I-5 at Northwest Avenue (February 24, 2022). WSDOT traffic camera image
I-5 at Northwest Avenue (February 24, 2022). WSDOT traffic camera image

The National Weather Service issued the following special weather statement at 6:15am for western Whatcom County, San Juan County, western Skagit County and Everett and vicinity.

Light snow during the overnight period has resulted in icy road conditions, especially along secondary roadways. Snow-covered roads may linger through mid-morning before melting. Use caution throughout the morning commute.

Seattle office of the National Weather Service (February 24, 2022)

No further precipitation is forecast for today, and any snow accumulations are not expected to last as temperatures are forecast to reach the 40s today. The next chance for precipitation is not expected until Saturday and warmer temperatures make it likely for that to fall as rain.

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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.

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2 Comments

  1. Harjit Kaur February 24, 2022

    Appreciate the updates. Could you add some world news as well?

  2. KG February 24, 2022

    Please continue to only include stories that affect Whatcom directly. I really like the “localness” of all your news stories. We can find world news on other sites.

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