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Compact snow and slush can be seen on the roadway at the Grandview Road and I-5 interchange (February 4, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News

Ferndale and areas north see snow on the ground – more expected

FERNDALE, Wash. — Snow has been falling in the Ferndale area most of this morning, February 4th, and became heavier into the afternoon.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for nearby border areas with forecasts of between 2 to 8 inches with the most expected in the Fraser Valley region where snow is expected to continue falling the longest before turning to rain.

A favourable set up for widespread low elevation snow over the south coast is shaping up for today and tonight. A front is tracking down the BC coast this morning and combining with a cool airmass to produce snow across the lowlands.

From Environment Canada snowfall alert 10:50am February 4, 2020

Weather stations around the Ferndale area were all reporting temperatures around 32° as of 1:30pm while the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast was expecting an afternoon high near 38°.

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As of 1:30pm, roads in and around Ferndale were bare and wet but some accumulation in the form of slush could be seen in the roadways further north and in the higher elevations. It appeared to be raining in areas south of Slater Road.

Frozen precipitation on the roadway could be to blame for a non-injury spin-out crash involving 2 vehicles on northbound I-5 north of Grandview Road.

The highly regarded European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts computer forecast model said to expect temperatures to remain in the mid-30s into this evening with an additional 3 inches of snow accumulations possible.

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ECMWF computer model forecast for February 4th as of 2pm February 4, 2020.

Temperatures are expected to rise into the 40s after wind direction shifts from easterly to southerly tomorrow.

NWS forecasters say another wet and warm system is expected to move into the western Washington region this afternoon and remain stalled over the area into Thursday while a atmospheric river of moisture remains aimed at the region. Rain, heavy at times, is expected to continue through early Friday as a result.

Stay up-to-date with the Ferndale-centric weather forecast on the MFN Weather Page.

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