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Even though the snowstorm that fouled the North Olympic Peninsula has passed, schools across the Peninsula — will be closed Tuesday as the region digs out.
Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, Quillayute Valley, Chimacum and Crescent school districts will be closed on Tuesday.
It was unknown whether schools in the Cape Flattery (360-963-2329) or Quilcene (360-765-3363) districts will have classes on Tuesday.
Brinnon School District (360) 796-4646) will decide Tuesday morning whether to hold classes. Quilcene plans to start two hours late, but could cancel classes outright if weather conditions persist.
Queen of Angels Catholic School in Port Angeles canceled classes for Tuesday and might cancel Wednesday, the final day of the holiday-shortened Thanksgiving week.
The first significant storm of the season closed schools, governments and businesses across Clallam and Jefferson counties on Monday.
Most North Olympic Peninsula schools started late Monday and sent children and staff home early.
In Port Angeles, downtown was hit hard by high winds at about 3:15 p.m. as darkness gathered.
In Forks, it was a different story.
“It's beautiful and sunny here,” district payroll and benefits coordinator Theresa Archibald said.
“It's colder than cold, but the sun is out.”
With up to 18 inches of total snow accumulation forecast, the Jefferson County Courthouse closed at 12:30 p.m. on Monday.
The county plans to reopen at 10:30 on Tuesday. If things change, it will post to its web site, www.co.jefferson.wa.us.
The city of Port Townsend closed at 4 p.m. on Monday with a skeleton staff, after sending many employees home. It planned to open at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Port Angeles City Hall closed at about 3 p.m. Monday for all but essential personnel. City Hall opens at 10 Tuesday to the public.
Clallam County employees were given the option of using vacation hours to leave early on Monday, but the courthouse remained open until 4:30 p.m.
Commissioner Mike Doherty said the county plans to open at regular time Tuesday unless conditions merit a later start. That decision would be made at about 6:30 a.m., Doherty said.
The Sequim City Council and Sequim School Board meetings were canceled on Monday.
The 7 Cedars Casino east of Sequim closed its doors at 5 p.m. on Monday. The casino is scheduled to reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Elwha Klallam Tribal facilities (including Elwha River Casino) will be closed on Tuesday.
Other weather related closures include:
■ North Olympic Library System branches in Port Angeles, Sequim, Forks, Clallam Bay closed Monday at 4 p.m. They will reopen today with normal hours.
■ Blue Mountain Waste Transfer Station closed Monday.
■ All Port Angeles city rest rooms, except those at the Gateway, Front and Lincoln streets, closed Monday because of frozen pipes. No announcement has been made on when they will reopen.
■ An author event with Nancy Pearl sponsored by Port Book and News in Port Angeles was canceled Monday.
■ Tuesday's performance of “Meet Me In St. Louis” at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse was canceled because of the weather.
■ Dancing at Sequim's Oasis Grill on Tuesday is canceled.
■ Tuesday morning's weekly breakfast meeting of the Port Angeles Business Association has been canceled.