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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Wednesday’s snowy weather affected Ketchikan-area roadways, keeping plow crews busy with clearing routes — and law enforcement officers busy with vehicles having difficulties navigating on the slick surfaces.
The Ketchikan School District schools were open on Wednesday, but the district canceled all after-school activities. School bus routes delivered students to stops along the highway rather than normal stops in some areas, according to district information.
The district also announced that morning bus pick-up times and school start times would be two hours later than normal on Thursday because of “unstable and unpredictable weather and road conditions.”
Ketchikan High School will have no zero-hour Thursday, and there will be no pre-school in the district.
“Afternoon dismissal times and (the afternoon) bus schedule are the same as on regular school days,” according to school district information as of early Wednesday evening. “Bus stops will continue to be highways stops.”
Wednesday began with temperatures of 31 degrees at the Ketchikan International Airport, with a light snow falling, according to the National Weather Service.
After about 7 a.m., the temperature had risen by only one degree, and later hovered at 33 degrees for several hours while the light snow and mist continued to fall.
The combination resulted in road conditions that several snow plow drivers described during their radio conversations as “greasy.”
The NWS forecast called for rain and snow conditions to continue into the early morning hours of Thursday. The agency anticipated that the skies would clear gradually and become sunny, with a high temperature near 40 on Thursday.