Inclement Weather Response Update

a. Washington State of Emergency has been declared by the Governor and by Whatcom County Executive

b. Sudden Valley roads conditions are poor due to icy conditions and below freezing temperatures, travel should be avoided due slick road conditions, however, if driving cannot be avoided use of chains, all-wheel drive vehicles is highly suggested.

c. SV maintenance commenced plowing operations at 4 AM today. Road conditions have not improved due traction/ice conditions. Per Sudden Valley snow plan major roads and gate entrances were plowed

d. Updates on SV roads will be posted as conditions change. Updates to be posted available either on 1610 BECoN emergency information system Sudden Valley web page ( or contact Sudden Valley Security.

e. Security patrol has resumed normal operations.

f. Current weather conditions: snow, winds are calm, temperature 27 degrees. NWS Winter Weather Message is stating it will be canceled by 10 PM tonight

Response – Current Operational Period

a. Response efforts; plowing per SVCA snow plan
b. Response assets and crew will be stood down at 1 PM for resupply and rest and recovery

Response – Next Operational Period

a. Response effort to resume at 4 AM on 02/13/19, current forecasted conditions show diminished snow in forecast, with sunny conditions and a high of 36 degrees in the afternoon

b. Due to forecasted weather conditions improving the response effort will make a major push to deice Sudden Valley roads. As per the snow plan; response efforts will start with major roads and connectors and pushing out to other side streets based on progress.

c. Current operations: Sudden Valley main roads are plowed however, use of sand/deicer not effective due to low temperatures and already compacted snow, continue plowing would make traction issues worse by compacting snow even more.

Response and Logistics Update

a. Fuel status – 75%

b. Resupply of sand; additional delivery of sand expected today postponed till 02/13/19 due to traction issues into Sudden Valley and Sudden Valley roads

c. Security patrol resumed normal operations

d. SVCA facilities (Rec Center/Gym) Gym to open on regular schedule on 02/12/19. Administrative Offices closed

External Notifications 

a. SWFA; notified

b. Bellingham School District Transportation; school canceled for 02/12/19 (Mt. Baker School system has already issued a closure for 02/13/19)

c. Sudden Valley Amateur Radio (updates on 1610AM BeCon Emergency Info system): notified

d. Community Outlet (SVCA web page): posting to be determined after road conditions are evaluated

Future Plans and Recommendations

a. Continue to monitor weather conditions and roads

b. Update all external notifications om conditions for roads

Amplifying Information

a. Whatcom CERTs requested volunteers to staff rewarming center in Bellingham

b. Forecast indicates snow off and on until 0645 this evening and resume at 10 AM where forecasts states partially sunny conditions will occurring in the afternoon

c. SVCA has cascaded information on community assistance during snow event to membership (see hyperlink for details)  

This report to be updated by 02/13/19 by 6 AM or as needed

This our current status for further information please contact