PULLMAN, Wash. — Several school districts in Eastern Washington have announced school closures and delays for Thursday, Jan. 6 due to snow and ice.
Spokane Public Schools stayed open on Thursday, but announced that there will be a two hour delay on Friday, Jan. 7.
Onion Creek School District
Genesee School District- 2-hour delay, no breakfast
Pullman Public Schools - 2-hour delay, district AM pre-school canceled, rural bus routes on emergency routes
Tonasket School District - School will start at 10:30 am, buses 2 hours late, pre-school canceled
Wellpinit School District - 2-hour delay
LaCrosse School District - 2-hour delay, pre-school canceled
Garfield-Palouse District - 1 1/2 hours delay for Wednesday, Jan. 5. Pre-school canceled.
Davenport School District - 2 -hour delay for Thursday, Jun. 6.
St. John-Endicott School District - Online learning
Winter Storm Warnings
Winter storm warnings remain in place for Northern Washington and the Northern Idaho Panhandle. 8-13 inches of snow will fall in those areas with gusting wind and reduced visibility at times. In Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, and along interstate 90 a winter weather advisories remain in place through Monday for 1 to 3 inches of snow.
The biggest impacts of the incoming storm will be the wind and what it does to the snow. Southerly winds at 20-30 miles per hour with gusts over 40 will cause reduced visibility and snow drifts. The winter storm warning for the Palouse is in place for the potential to see blizzard conditions at times. Near white out from the blowing snow.
The heavy snow and strong wind already closed Snoqualmie pass early Monday morning. Avalanche conditions will also be present with wind loading on mountain tops.