Springtime snow surprises North Olympic Peninsula

The calendar may say it’s one month into spring, but a peek out the window in some of the area’s higher elevations might say otherwise.

Snow fell in varying degrees in the foothills, and sometimes on the flats, in Clallam and Jefferson counties on Friday and Saturday, and more might be coming.

The unusual conditions resulted in only two reported road closures, but left many roadways dangerous.

“Right now, U.S. Highway 101 will be closed for a few miles at Milepost 233 [Shadow Mountain General Store] until the state Department of Transportation arrives, because it’s snowing pretty good at Lake Crescent,” said State Patrol Trooper Matt Phillips at about 6 p.m. Saturday.

“Other than that, there’s just a lot of one-car-in-the-ditch wrecks due to the snow,” he said.

About 7:30 p.m. Saturday, a fallen tree was reported blocking Olympic Hot Springs Road just past the Glines Canyon Dam.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike McFarland from Seattle said any snow that fell in Port Townsend didn’t stick.

The temperature there at about 8:30 p.m. was reported as 36 degrees.

The snow advisory that was issued for the area was for the foothills of the Olympic Mountains, he said.

“Whether you get icy roads will depend upon the rain showers stopping, the skies clearing and temperature dropping,” McFarland said.

The weather caused widespread cancellations of high school sporting events, with a notable exception, the Sequim High School Wolves and Bremerton High School Knights baseball game in Kitsap County.

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