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WSDOT warns Whatcom County drivers to stay off roads as storm moves in

The State  Department of Transportation is warning drivers in Whatcom County not to be on the roads if they don't have to travel, as a winter storm moves in, bringing snow and freezing rain to that region.  (Photo: KOMO News)

LYNDEN, Wash. - The State Department of Transportation is warning drivers in Whatcom County not to be on the roads if they don’t have to travel, as a winter storm moves in, bringing snow and freezing rain to that region.

Officials said half a dozen WSDOT crews have been working around the clock across the county to pre-treat and plow roads.

They said highways like Interstate-5 will be top priority.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through 1 p.m. Thursday for areas including Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine and Lynden.

Freezing rain will make travel especially treacherous with layers of ice possible on sidewalks and roads.

When anticipating a hit from Mother Nature, drivers like Jonathan Chesley are preparing for the worst for their morning commute.

Chesley told KOMO News he is getting chains for his tires and said slick roads could make for a nasty commute.

“I’m always anticipating unexpected things,” said Chesley. “I know it’s going to be crazy, but I’ll make it here, if I don’t, I’ll walk it here I don’t care. I’m trying to work that’s all.”

Whatcom County was also seeing heavy traffic Wednesday night.

A line of cars was backed up at the U.S. Canada border near Blaine ahead of the holiday weekend.

WSDOT says if you're planning to cross the border expect delays especially if the weather turns nasty.

CLICK HERE to get updates and information on snow priority routes in Whatcom County.



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