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Ice, snow blanket valley

Most schools delay classes

Braving ice streets this morning, Jorge Cruz removes ice and snow from sidewalks in the 600 block of South Sixth Street in Sunnyside. The forecast calls for overnight freezing temperatures. The Lower Valley can expect another winter storm tomorrow.

Photo by Julia Hart.
Braving ice streets this morning, Jorge Cruz removes ice and snow from sidewalks in the 600 block of South Sixth Street in Sunnyside. The forecast calls for overnight freezing temperatures. The Lower Valley can expect another winter storm tomorrow.

— Lower Valley residents returned to school and work today after snow and ice blanketed the area overnight.

School districts from Benton City to Yakima delayed the start of today’s classes for two hours due to slick road conditions.

Grandview, Granger, Mabton and Sunnyside were among those districts delaying classes and canceling morning preschool. YV-Tech was also shuttered for the morning, but was expected to reopen during the day.

Meanwhile, several private schools opted to shut down for the day, including Sunnyside Christian.

The snowfall last night prompted the cancellation of several events, including some high school sports and a few government meetings.

American Legion Post No. 57 in Grandview also canceled its Thursday meeting.

An active weather pattern continues across the Pacific Northwest on Friday, as a storm system brings areas of widespread snow and heavy rain near the coast. By Saturday evening, another frontal system will be approaching the region and will bring yet another round of precipitation to the region, including gusty winds.

The storm that brought the snow and ice to the valley passed quietly through the area without major power disruptions or crashes, officials said. As the storm passed, so did the winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service.

But meteorologists with the Pendleton location of the service said residents shouldn’t get too comfortable just yet.

“An active weather pattern continues across the Pacific Northwest on Friday, as a storm system brings areas of widespread snow and heavy rain near the coast,” a weather update released by the agency this morning said. “By Saturday evening, another frontal system will be approaching the region and will bring yet another round of precipitation to the region, including gusty winds.”

The forecast for the Lower Yakima Valley calls for mostly cloudy conditions until tomorrow night.

There is a slight chance of snow here through Monday.

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