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Updated: Whatcom County morning commute: Slick roads, cold temps

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — As of 6am, Monday, December 19th, motorists appeared to be getting around with minimal difficulties at reduced speeds after a snow event Sunday left most Whatcom County roads covered in frozen precipitation.

City and County Public Works crews were reportedly out plowing and sanding overnight.

A wind chill advisory remains in place until 10am due to “very cold wind chills. Wind chills as low as 10 below zero. These wind chills could result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves.”

It is not known whether the slick road surface was to blame for a semi-truck and trailer that reportedly lost its 20,000-pound cargo on the Grandview Road and I-5 overpass. As of 6am, Washington State Patrol (WSP) and Ferndale Police were on scene and the westbound lane was blocked with traffic alternating through the eastbound lane. The road is expected to remain blocked while waiting for a crane to reload the cargo onto the trailer.

Originally tweeted by WSDOT North (@wsdot_north) on December 19, 2022.

All lanes of Grandview Road were reported to have been reopened about 7:45am.

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

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