Overnight snow fell in varying amounts in Sudden Valley with upwards of 8-12 inches at higher elevations with snow continuing to fall. Temperatures are currently around 25 degrees. The current NOAA forecast calls for additional snowfall of a couple inches today and we are currently in a Winter Storm Warning until Noon today.
The SVCA Snow Crew and the contracted Baby Plow began plowing efforts early this morning to start clearing roads. The crews will be focused on high priority, main roads first and will continue to focus on those roads until conditions on them improve. Secondary roads will begin being plowed once high priority roads have been sufficiently dealt with.
We ask that you assist the plowing effort by either staying off the roads or ensuring your cars are located off the roadway in designated parking areas and your private driveways. Vehicles blocking the plows or emergency services can have a devastating impact. If you must abandon your car, please notify Security Dispatch immediately at 360-715-2449 and give your contact info, the location of the vehicle, along with the make and model.
All of the new snow has fallen on roads that were already covered with compact snow and ice. As a result, road conditions are poor and could continue to deteriorate as additional snow falls. Please stay home if you can as emergency services are all stretched thin and can be delayed in their ability to provide assistance. If you must travel, go S-L-O-W. Please ensure you have a winter emergency kit in your vehicle if you decide to travel. Whatcom County has made the same request for county roads.
Due to the continuance of inclement weather, there are reports of current power outages in various areas of Sudden Valley. If you lose power, it is recommended to open multiple faucets at a slight drip to help ensure pipes do not freeze in your house. The additional snowfall will also continue to put additional snow load on trees in the neighborhood which could cause trees, limbs, and/or branches to fall. To report a tree that has fallen over the roadway please notify Security Dispatch at 360-715-2449. Please provide them with the location and approx. size and diameter of the tree.
Current Winter Storm Warning: https://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=WAZ503&warncounty=WAC073&firewxzone=WAZ656&local_place1=6%20Miles%20ESE%20Bellingham%20WA&product1=Winter+Storm+Warning&lat=48.7238&lon=-122.3478#.Yc3YGmjMJPY
Winter Emergency Car Kit Info: https://wsdot.com/travel/real-time/mountainpasses/emergencycarkit
Power Outage Tips: https://www.ready.gov/power-outages
To see images from around Bellingham, the following link will take you to a page with WSDOT cameras: http://whatcomcountywx.com/bellingham-area/