South Jefferson County schools release students early due to weather

QUILCENE — Students were released early from the Quilcene and Brinnon public schools on Monday because of weather conditions.

The Quilcene School District announced an early release at 12:30 p.m. Monday, with all after-school activities canceled and all buses on snow routes because of heavy snow in the area.

The Brinnon School District released students at 11:20 a.m. Monday. The district, which provides instruction through eighth grade, said it would run one bus for both north and south routes and that high school students — most of whom attend Quilcene High School — would be picked up by bus at 10:45 a.m. and dropped with the single bus route with elementary students.

The National Weather Service in Seattle had no snow report for South Jefferson County but did say that the North Olympic Peninsula would be under a weather advisory beginning Monday night and extending to 10 p.m. today, with 1 to 3 inches of lowland snow possible.

“We’re not expecting the main band to move in until after 10 p.m. tonight,” said Steve Reedy, meteorologist, on Monday.

He said the heaviest snowfall was expected between 10 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. today.

The mountains could see an additional 3 to 7 inches of snow, he said.

No major wind was forecast. The overnight low was expected to be in the mid- to upper 20s with highs in the lower 40s.

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