After the ice storm updates (Saturday)

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Debris and ice cover the roadway on Trigg Road near Portal Way during an ice storm (December 29, 2017). Photo courtesy of Shawn Graham

At one point yesterday, Friday, December 29th, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reported over 40,000 of their customers were without power with approximately 95% of them in northern Whatcom County during yesterday’s ice storm. As of 5am today, that number was down to under 15,000.

While new power outages were reported in the Ferndale area overnight, outages had also been restored in north-central Ferndale and another in east Ferndale putting the power back on for about 3,000 PSE customers. But, as the map below shows, many neighbors continue to be without power.

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Power outages reported in northern Ferndale impacting thousands about 5am after a freezing rain event (December 30, 2017). Courtesy of Puget Sound Energy

Temperatures around the Ferndale area rose to above 40° between 1am and 3:30am before dropping back into the mid- to upper-30s. Regional weather radar indicates the system responsible for yesterday’s heavy precipitation moved out of the area and into the Cascades during the early morning hours.

The Ferndale weather forecast for the rest of today is for partly cloudy skies with a high near 40° and light and variable winds. The chance of precipitation is 10%. Expect temperatures to dip below freezing again tonight under mostly clear skies.

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Officials have not lifted the travel advisory put in place yesterday urging drivers to avoid driving roads north of Mountain View, Main Street (Ferndale) and West & East Axton due to iced over and blocked roads due to downed poles, wires, trees and tree branches on the roadways.

Drivers venturing out today, especially in wooded areas, should be alert for debris on the roads as well as the occasional blocking trees, poles and downed wires. For your safety and theirs, yield to and allow space for crews working to clear the roads and restore power.

 

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