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Looking east on Main Street from the Carnation Oxford Building (December 22, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News

Snow accumulations linger – crashes and power outages continue to be reported

FERNDALE, Wash. — Temperatures dropped below the freezing mark overnight after yesterday’s snow events dropped inches of snow around the area. That, combined with morning fog, has created the potential for driving challenges this morning, December 22nd.

According to reports, significant snow fall in the Ferndale area ended around 9pm yesterday evening.

First responders were dispatched to 4 reports of crashes on I-5 between the Portal Way and Grandview Road interchanges between 9pm and 6am resulting in at least 1 patient being transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center by ambulance.

Ferndale Public Works Supervisor Bo Westford said plows and sanders were out last night clearing priority routes.

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Westford said that Ferndale Public Works Foreman Jim Slaughter was out at 3am this morning assessing road conditions and by 4am crews were out again applying sand and salt on the priority routes.

As of 8am, Westford told My Ferndale News they were out doing touchups on specific areas of concern and they had applied about 50 cubic yards of salt and sand over the past 12 hours. The current reported temperature was around 30°.

Westford said the well-traveled and plowed roads were bare and wet while less-traveled roads were prone slick spots due to frozen precipitation. He noted they have also had to deal with clearing out big branches that had dropped onto roads due to the added weight of the frozen rain and snow.

Falling branches have been cited by Puget Sound Energy as the cause of dozens of localized power outages throughout the county, including a few in the Ferndale area (mostly north of Grandview Road), since the snow event began and continuing into this morning.

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