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Thursday: Snow-related closures, cancellations in North Kitsap

Jessica Schmidt of Kingston took this photo of sledding action Wednesday morning.   - Jessica Schmidt
Jessica Schmidt of Kingston took this photo of sledding action Wednesday morning.
— image credit: Jessica Schmidt

POULSBO — This is a list of snow-related closures in North Kitsap. The list will be updated through the day.

CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES

Port Gamble S'Klallam government offices and operations are closed Thursday. Call the emergency information phone line, (360) 297-6248, to check on office closures or other emergencies.

— PSNS & IMF Bangor and Bremerton sites have curtailed operations for non-essential day shift personnel Thursday. Worker/driver buses will not operate.  Port Orchard/Bremerton and Annapolis/Bremerton Foot Ferry service is operating as normally scheduled.

— All North Kitsap School District schools are closed Thursday. All meetings, field trips, after-school activities, and practices are canceled. District facilities, including the North Kitsap Community Pool are also closed.

— All Kitsap Regional Library branches are closed Thursday. The two bookmobile runs normally scheduled on Thursday are canceled. "Because of the forecast, we expect to reopen Friday, but will make that decision at 6 a.m. Friday morning," said Jeff Brody, the library system's director of community relations.

— Kitsap County recycling and solid waste facilities in Hansville, Olalla, Poulsbo and Silverdale are closed Thursday.

— The Greater Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce After Hours at City Hall, sponsored by Central Market and Columbia Bank, is canceled. The chamber office is closed.

DELAYS

— The Kitsap County Courthouse and all county offices are operating on a delayed schedule Thursday. They will open at noon. Driving conditions this morning may be challenging. Watch for ice in places and allow extra time for your commute.

Suquamish Tribe government offices will open at 10 a.m. Thursday. There will be no ELC bus service because of icy conditions.

— Kitsap Transit and ACCESS buses will operate on a Limited Route System all day Thursday. ACCESS will operate service only within 3/4 mile of the Limited Route System detailed at www.kitsaptransit.com/LimitedBusSnowRoutes.html. There will be no service in outlying areas.

The No. 32 Poulsbo/Silverdale will operate between the Silverdale Transfer Center and the Poulsbo Transfer Center traveling Greaves Way to Highway 3 to Highway 305. The bus will not serve the Olympic College area or downtown Poulsbo.

The No. 90 Poulsbo/Bainbridge will operate its normal bus route between the Poulsbo Transfer Center and the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal.

A north-end bus will travel between George’s Corner Park & Ride and the Bainbridge Island Ferry using Bond Road and Highway 305. It will operate to and from George’s Corner at the times the No. 91 would normally operate.  There will be no service to Kingston or Suquamish.

Call Kitsap Transit at (360) 373-2877 or (800) 501-7433 or visit www.kitsaptransit.org for bus service updates and for worker/driver and ACCESS bus route information. Phone lines open at 4 a.m.

ROAD ADVISORIES

— The state Department of Transportation warns North Kitsap residents to be aware of ice on roads. Overnight freezing temperatures will likely cause wet roadways to turn to ice. The state Department of Transportation urges drivers to use caution and drive for conditions, especially those behind the wheel of large trucks and buses.

— The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for Kitsap, Grays Harbor, King, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston counties until noon Thursday. Roads in certain areas continue to be treacherous. Heavy wet snow may cause tree limbs or power lines to come down, resulting in power outages. Report any downed power lines or power outages to Puget Sound Energy, (888) 225-5773. Also, heavy amounts of snow resting on roofs or tree limbs could result in injury, so keep aware of your surroundings. Stay safe and drive carefully.

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Other sites we recommend:

North Kitsap School District website for school closures and delays.

The latest weather advisories, warnings and watches are available on the National Weather Service website.

Kitsap Transit bus schedule information is available at www.kitsaptransit.com/LimitedBusSnowRoutes.html

Kitsap County inclement weather information is available on the Emergency Management Department website.

State Transportation Department cameras show real-time conditions of roads leading to the Kingston ferry terminal.

See weather conditions for the Poulsbo Village area on the Central Market weather camera.

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