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More snow? You bet
As expected, the North Olympic Peninsula is getting another dose of snow.
Weather forecasts indicate Sequim-area residents can expect at least another 2 inches of snow today, with a 30 percent chance of snow Thursday.
Forecasts show a warm front and rain breaking through Friday and Saturday, with temperatures up to 45 degrees.
Rain is expected through Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Due to severe weather conditions, the Clallam County Courthouse is closed to the public today. County officials expect to resume full operations on Thursday, Jan. 19.
Clallam County PUD crews continue to work in the Carlsborg area to restore water. An earlier update announced that restoration was complete, but customers are continuing to experience issues and/or outages.
Some customers may experience a "trickling" of water or low flow water as a result of air in the lines, said Mike Howe, executive communications coordinator, said.
PUD officials advise to run the water for a bit and water service may return to normal.
A broken fire hydrant caused water outages for about 150 customers while another 80 experienced low water flow.
Updates will be posed on the PUD website (www.clallampud.net) and on Twitter @ClallamPUD.
Trash service postponed
According to City of Sequim officials, DM Disposal is not running trucks today (Wednesday, Jan. 18).
Weather permitting, they will be picking up the Wednesday customers Thursday, Jan. 19.
City plows on standby
City of Sequim road crews are on stand-by to clear roads of snow if necessary. During heavy snows, the city crew concentrates on clearing the main arterials first. Washington Street, Sequim Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Third Avenue, overpasses and school routes (when schools are in session) are the top priorities.
In addition to the two large snow plows used for the main arterials, this year the city will also utilize a smaller plow attached to a new one-ton, four-wheel drive Ford pick-up. This will allow city crews to clear secondary streets at the same time as the main arterial. Crews will also utilize the salt truck to de-ice roads if necessary.
“We expect the addition of the new, smaller plow to make snow clearance about 25 percent faster than in previous years,” Mike Brandt, City of Sequim Streets Manager, said.
When the new Ford truck is not outfitted with a snow plow, it is used by the Utilities Department to haul the sewer camera.
There are 54 miles of city-owned roads and alleyways in the City of Sequim, in addition to parking lots and sidewalks. In the event of a snow storm, the city asks the community to help by clearing the sidewalks that adjoin their homes and businesses.
7 Cedars Casino is closed today and will reopen as usual tomorrow. The Longhouse Market and Deli is open, but the deli is closed. The Cedars At Dungeness golf course is closed and Stymie's Bar and Grill will be open until 1 p.m.
Due to the lingering effects of the current winter storm, Clallam Transit will continue its reduced service plan (see below) into Thursday.
As the weather and road conditions improve on Thursday as predicted, CTS will adjust the routes as necessary to provide as much service as possible. The public is asked to monitor the CTS website at www.clallamtransit.com or listen to KONP Radio Thursday morning to get the most current news regarding transit routes and schedules.
Public information regarding transit or paratransit service can also be gained by calling 360-452-4511 or toll free at 800-858-3747.
Terry G. Weed, General Manager
CLALLAM TRANSIT SYSTEM
Clallam Transit continues to operate all buses but many routes and schedules have been revised as a result of the continuing snowfall.
· #10 JOYCE, the bus will turn around at the intersection of Hwy 112 and Lyre River Road.
· #14 FORKS: will not be routed by Peninsula College in the afternoon.
· #20 COLLEGE/MEDICAL CENTER: leaving Gateway hourly only at :55 in the morning and leaving at :05 after each hour in the afternoon. No service to Melody Lane and once the bus reaches Peninsula College there is no service along Ennis Street, instead the bus will backtrack to Race Street and then to First Street to resume route.
· #22 LINCOLN/PEABODY: Once an hour service leaving Gateway hourly only at :55 in the morning and leaving at :05 after each hour in the afternoon. No service above Park Street (along the Alhvers Loop), No service on Whidby/Eunice Loop.
· #24 CHERRY HILL: Once an hour service leaving Gateway hourly only at :55 in the morning and leaving at :05 after each hour in the afternoon.
· #26 WESTSIDE: Once an hour service leaving Gateway hourly only at :55 in the morning and leaving at :05 after each hour in the afternoon , no trips to Lower Elwha as bus will turnaround at Dry Creek School.
· #52 DIAMOND POINT: No service to the beach as bus will turn around on the top of the hill at the airport.
· For DIAL-A-RIDE services in Sequim: limited service will be available.
· For PARATRANSIT ADA SERVICES: Only medical necessity trips will be scheduled.
All other routes are being attempted, but passengers can expect occasional delays due to road conditions. Check the Clallam Transit website for additional information at www.clallamtransit.com