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Trees coated with ice on Olson Road (February 4, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale

Winter Weather update for Wednesday evening

The National Weather Service has extended their Winter Storm Warning an extra hour tomorrow from 6pm tonight, Wednesday, to 1pm tomorrow.

The warning was updated this afternoon to emphasize freezing rain is expected to be heavier inland and persist through midafternoon nearer the Canadian border.

1 to 3 inches of snow remains possible tonight through Thursday morning before changing to freezing rain according to NWS forecasters. Ice accumulations up to 1/3-inch are possible, with heavier amounts expected further from the Puget Sound.

The combination of snow, freezing rain and temperatures near or below freezing will create hazardous driving conditions.

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City of Ferndale (COF) Public Works Foreman James Slaughter said, as of 3:30pm Wednesday, 4 Public Works trucks had been dispatched to begin applying sand on “slick spots” on COF priority routes.

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City of Ferndale “priority snow routes” which get the most attention during snow events. Not shown is Slater Road between LaBounty Drive and Rural Avenue and Portal Way to just north of Grandview Road.

WSDOT plow/sanders are visibly out on I-5 but not soon enough for a few drivers who were tangled up on I-5 southbound just past the Nooksack River bridge (same location of a multicar crash on black ice on December 6th).

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Crash scene on I-5 just south of Nooksack River bridge (December 27, 2017). WSDOT traffic cam

 

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