A vehicle travels on the snow-covered Dan Kelly Road west of Port Angeles on Sunday. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

A vehicle travels on the snow-covered Dan Kelly Road west of Port Angeles on Sunday. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

Snowfall closes schools, delays transit systems across Peninsula

PORT ANGELES — Snowfall overnight has closed school districts and delayed transit systems across the North Olympic Peninsula today.

The Port Angeles, Sequim, Quilcene and Brinnon school districts are closed today, with Port Townsend operating on a two-hour delay with no preschool and buses using snow routes. Chimacum is also on a two-hour delay.

Peninsula College has closed all of its campuses, and both Clallam and Jefferson Transit have warned travelers to expect delays. Clallam Transit is operating on snow detour routes.

The National Weather Service was predicting up to 5 inches of snow on the Pacific Coast and along the Strait of Juan de Fuca by today, said meteorologist Andy Haner.

A NWS winter storm warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. today, with additional snow accumulations of 1 inch to 3 inches expected through this afternoon. The best chances for higher accumulations remain on hilltops, and lesser accumulations are expected closer to sea level.

“The area we’re emphasizing with more snow is as you get a couple hundred feet above sea level,” he said.

“Once you get up the hill even 200 or 300 feet, we’re talking a couple inches more,” he said.

He said the Hood Canal and southwest interior could see between 2 and 4 inches of snow.

Cold air will stay in the area, creating more chances of lowland snow through Thursday, meteorologists said.

Much of the North Olympic Peninsula will see lows in the 30s and lower 20s with highs up to about 40, he said.

By Thursday, the weather is expected to warm up with highs in the upper 40s and lows in the upper 30s, he said.

“By Thursday we’re looking to return to perhaps some heavy rain,” he said.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to be prepared for the possibility of losing power.

“If you have alternate heat, bring that wood in, gas up your generators and make sure you have what you need for a day or two if we do get dumped on,” Undersheriff Ron Cameron said in a statement. “It may be a good day to burn a floating holiday or something tomorrow as our roads will undoubtedly be poor, so staying in with cocoa and a blanket just might not be a bad thing.”


Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at jmajor@peninsuladailynews.com.

More in News

Three people were transported to hospitals for injuries on Monday after a collision on U.S. Highway 101 that involved two SUVs and a semi-truck. (Clallam County Fire District 3)
Three transported to hospitals after wreck east of Sequim

Three people were transported for non-life-threatening injuries after a collision… Continue reading

Victoria-based Team Malolo was poised to win the 2024 Race to Alaska on Monday. At midday, the team was 20 miles out from the finish line in Ketchikan, Alaska, while the second-place team was still about 70 miles behind. (Taylor Bayly/Northwest Maritime)
Team Malolo poised to win Race to Alaska

Trimaran had 70-mile lead over competitors

Peninsula College trustees approve budget, bargaining agreement

Full-time enrollment up 30 percent this spring over last year

Jefferson County adopts summer fire regulations

New rules automatically raise fire danger July through September

Port Townsend wins community sustainability award

PORT TOWNSEND – The city of Port Townsend won the 2024 award… Continue reading

Entities partner to provide Port Townsend visitor information

Port Townsend’s marketing workgroup and its lodging tax advisory… Continue reading

Print edition available today, e-edition only this Wednesday

Peninsula Daily News has a print edition available to… Continue reading

Port Angeles High School graduates, from left, Uri Crawford, Samantha Combs and Jordan McTear, decorate a vehicle in preparation for Friday’s graduation parade from Ediz Hook to the high school. Dozens of adorned cars and trucks carried grads through the streets of Port Angeles as a lead-up to the graduation ceremony that evening at Civic Field. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Congrats, grads!

Port Angeles High School graduates, from left, Uri Crawford, Samantha Combs and… Continue reading

Dash Air to leave Port Angeles

‘Nothing to do’ with viability of air service, owner says

Clallam County art barn to get new roof before fair

Commissioners approve $85,000 contract with company from Kent

Sequim schools drop proposal to bump back start time

Survey respondents prefer to keep Greywolf Elementary at 8:30 a.m.

Sequim chamber to host tax credit event

The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a family… Continue reading