Think twice before you head to Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties today. We're having whiteout conditions randomly throughout the counties. Just about every road in Skagit County has compact snow and ice. The same goes for many of the roads in Whatcom and Island counties.
My coworker recently measured the snowfall on his car in the parking lot, and since 7 a.m. this morning we've gotten 3 inches of snow in Burlington.
I've watched as the cops and tow trucks have responded to several collisions right in front of my office. If you don't have to leave the house, it's better that you don't. I'm watching on the Bellingham traffic cameras as our crews respond to an overturned semitruck on I-5 in Bellingham. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Traffic/Bellingham/I5_LakewayDr.htm.
We're shifting five additional snowplow trucks up to the Skagit, Whatcom and Island areas to help fight the snow.
When I asked my my maintenance supervisor what he wanted me to tell the radio stations, he said, "STAY HOME!" Our plow drivers have a hard time plowing and sanding the roads when they're clogged with collisions.