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Semitruck pulling two trailers jackknifed on southbound I-5 off-ramp at Grandview during icy conditions (January 9, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale

Drivers encounter “sheet of ice” on area roads this morning

With temperatures in the mid to upper 30s, drivers were likely not expecting to find driving treacherous this morning.

As of 9am, roads in the north county, including the Ferndale area, remain icy as colder surface temperatures cause moisture on the roads to freeze.

Law enforcement and fire/aid resources have been stretched as they have been responding to reports of numerous crashes. Perhaps the most notable crash was a jack-knifed semi truck and trailer on the southbound I-5 off-ramp at Grandview Road. It ended up blocking the off-ramp.

Aid and law enforcement were dispatched to a report of a roll-over accident at  the 2700 block of Mountain View. There were multiple other incidents of vehicles off the roadway around the area. No significant injuries have been reported. Tow companies were reporting wait times of over one hour for drivers needing their vehicles retrieved.

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More than one radio transmission between law enforcement and dispatchers included the phrase, “it’s a sheet of ice” this morning.

Ferndale School District classes and buses remained on regular schedules and routes this morning.

City of Ferndale Public Works crews were out early sanding roads according to a City spokesperson.

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