Several crashes reported on icy Whatcom County roads

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 10, 2013 

The snow that was in the forecast for Whatcom County's lowlands didn't materialize for the most part Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, but slick roads still caused trouble for drivers in some spots around the county.

Some areas of the county got light snow Monday night and Tuesday morning, but nothing significant fell, National Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg said.

The real issue for county drivers was ice. On Monday night, slick conditions caused wrecks on Hannegan Road and Highway 9.

A Tuesday morning drizzle froze and created icy patches on some roads, and between 8 and 10 a.m. several cars went into ditches and turned on their sides. The biggest problem areas were on the roads east of Guide Meridian and north of Smith Road, said Rob Ney, assistant superintendent of maintenance and operations for Whatcom County Public Works.

"About mid-morning, it got pretty dicey out there, even with our efforts," Ney said

Public Works had sanders out throughout the night and Tuesday morning, and they were scheduled to be out again Tuesday night with the forecast calling for overnight lows just below freezing.

Temperatures are expected to gradually rise starting Wednesday, with daytime highs in the mid-40s and overnight lows around 40 degrees. There is a chance of rain for the rest of the week, with the wettest day expected to be on Thursday, Burg said.

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