ADVISORY: School Delays + Snow Coming Wednesday

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Looks like most schools are starting two hours late today (Tuesday, Dec. 16th), and here are the details:

Highline School District:
2 Hours Late. Limited Bus Transportation. No A. M. Kindergarten. No ECEAP/Preschool. No Out-of-District Transportation. No After-School Activity Transportation.

John F. Kennedy HS:
2 Hrs. Late.

Westside School:
9:30 A.M. Start. No AM extended care.

Seattle Public Schools:
2 Hours Late. Buses Operate on Snow Routes. No Door-to-Door Service. No Half-Day Kindergarten. No A. M. or P. M. Preschool. No A. M. or P. M. Head Start. No Activity Runs.

St. Francis of Assisi:
2 Hrs. Late. No AM Extended School Care

Hamlin Robinson School:
2 Hours Late Bus 2 Hours Late Check with school for after school activities

Also, the National Weather Service is still calling for a “Winter Storm Watch” starting late Tuesday night and extending through late Wed. night, with a prediction of up to 6 inches of snow.

Here’s their bulletin as of as of 3:51am Tuesday 12/16/08:

…Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for all of western Washington from late tonight through late Wednesday night…

Heavy snow is likely over western Washington on Wednesday. Three to six inches are possible in certain areas… including the east Puget Sound lowlands… parts of the northwest and southwest interiors mainly near the Cascades… and the inland parts of the Strait of Juan de Fuca area. Snow in these areas will begin in the north late Tuesday night and spread south Wednesday morning. By Wednesday night three to six inches of new snow are possible.

Other areas… including the Seattle metropolitan area and the Kitsap peninsula… could get less snow. Here models show one or two inches are possible. On the coast it is possible that conditions will be warm enough for rain part of the time… or mixed rain and snow. However it is not certain that sub-warning amounts will fall in these areas and the Winter Storm Watch extends to them as well.

The Cascades and Olympics will also receive heavy snow… with one or two feet of new snow likely from Wednesday through Wednesday night.

Snow levels will be at sea level through much of the event so virtually all of the precipitation will be in the form of snow.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…Monitor weather forecasts. If you have to travel… today is likely to be a much better day than Wednesday. Make sure your vehicle carries traction devices and extra blankets.

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