Schools close as snow continues
With another several inches of snow falling overnight Monday and into Tuesday, all local public schools have closed and several other area operations are being affected as well.
The Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Concrete, Conway, La Conner, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley school districts are closed today, along with Skagit Valley College.
By Tuesday afternoon, the Concrete, Burlington-Edison and Sedro-Woolley districts had announced they would also be closed Wednesday, and the La Conner district announced it would start two hours late.
State and local officials, including the State Patrol and the state Department of Transportation, urge everyone who can to stay home and off of the potentially icy roads.
Since Sunday, about 8 inches of snow have accumulated in Anacortes; about 4 inches in areas around Burlington, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley; and about 12 inches in areas around Concrete, Marblemount and Rockport, according to National Weather Service data. Areas of Guemes Island have gotten about 8-12 inches.
Much of that snow fell during the 24 hours from about 6 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Western Skagit County remains under a winter weather advisory and eastern Skagit County under a winter storm warning.
The advisory, which is in effect until noon Tuesday, means snow-covered roads and active snowfall could make travel difficult, according to the National Weather Service.
The warning means heavy snowfall can make travel hazardous or impossible, according to the weather service. The warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Emergencies were previously declared for Skagit County by the county Board of Commissioners and for the state by Gov. Jay Inslee, due to continued winter storm impacts since Feb. 3.
Anyone who must travel is encouraged to keep a flashlight, food and water in the vehicle in case of an emergency. For the latest road conditions throughout the state, travelers can call 511.
Additional snow and rain is in the forecast through the end of the week, but temperatures are expected to increase with lows in the 30s and highs in the 40s.
As temperatures warm and snow and ice melts, roads could become flooded during the day and freeze at night, according to a weather service media briefing early Tuesday.
There’s also a continued threat of power outages and damage to trees and roofs.
By the time the next storm hits the region, temperatures should be warm enough that most of the region will see rain rather than snow, according to the briefing.