by Sequim Gazette staff
By 2 p.m. an estimated 5 inches of snow accumulated in downtown Sequim, with the National Weather Service updating its prediction to a possible 24 inches of snow by Tuesday.
While the Sequim School District started Monday classes as usual, students were loaded onto buses and sent home at 2:15 p.m. On Tuesday, classes were canceled altogether. The Port Angeles School District canceled school for students Monday and Peninsula College closed all locations at 11 a.m.
Even dancing at the Oasis Sports Bar & Grill was canceled because of the snow. Port Book and News in Port Angeles closed two hours early and canceled its scheduled author event. Sequim City Council postponed Monday night’s meeting until next Monday, Nov. 29, and the Sequim school board canceled its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night as well.
All North Olympic Peninsula libraries — including Sequim, Port Angeles, Forks and Clallam Bay — closed at 4 p.m. Monday but reopened Tuesday morning.
Washington State Patrol reported that in 24 hours ending at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, troopers responded statewide to 1,557 collisions and 1,274 disabled motorists.
During severe ice or snow conditions on the Olympic Peninsula, Clallam Transit System may reroute its buses, which are likely to run behind schedule.
Some routes may be cancelled in severe weather.
No service interruptions are expected, however, on the Sequim Shuttle, bus Route 40.If riding the bus in snow and/or ice, several tips are suggested: