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Snow problems continue for Peninsula

November 27th, 2006 - 3:35pm

(Port Angeles) -- Snow and ice covered roads have prompted Port Angeles school officials to cancel all Tuesday classes. It will be the second consecutive day off for the Peninsula's largest school district. The inclement driving conditions may continue as temperatures are expected to plummet overnight.

The National Weather Service is predicting the snow showers for the area will be ending by midnight with an additional snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches, with higher amounts in certain areas -- adding to the 12 to 15 inches received already in the higher elevations.

The overnight low temperature for Port Angeles is expected to be near 19 degrees, with a north wind 10 to 15 miles per hour, sending the wind chill factor to the single digits.

Tomorrow, forecasters say skies will be mostly sunny with the daytime high near 34 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to stay relatively low until Friday night and Saturday, when rain is expected with temperatures back up into the 40's.

The conditions have prompted Crescent, Port Angeles and Sequim School officials to cancel all classes for Tuesday.

Clallam Transit reports most of the main highways in Clallam County have been plowed, but officials say the side roads in most areas are still snow covered.

Highway 101 between Port Angeles and Sequim was bare and wet Monday afternoon, but black ice is expected to form after dark -- extreme caution is urged on all roadways.

Buses with tire chains were unable to run on Place and Ranger Roads off of Highway 112 due to the heavy snowpack.

Dispatchers are also advising motorists on Highway 101 to watch for falling trees and limbs as they head west of Port Angeles towards Lake Crescent and Forks.

Some drivers were reporting icy conditions in some areas as early as this afternoon because of the strong north winds.

Port Angeles Police closed both ends of the Tumwater Truck Route earlier this morning due to treacherous conditions.

At one point Sunday, more than a dozen cars spun out on Morse Creek Hill on Highway 101.


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