Snow fell on the Tri-Cities overnight Tuesday but schools mostly started on time as accumulation was light. Snow, sleet and freezing rain are in the day’s forecast with colder than normal temperatures.
Snow is forecast for the Tri-Cities on Wednesday, with a possibility of freezing rain, says the National Weather Service. Temperatures will warm some through the week, but are to remain well below normal.
February was one of the coldest and snowiest on record for the Tri-Cities, with records set at Hanford. March is predicted to be colder than normal starting with the current forecast, says the weather service.
The Tri-Cities will get a break from snow Friday, but colder temperatures are in the weather forecast. Some schools closed Thursday. A Pasco gas station canopy collapsed. Blood and food donations are needed.
Richland school officials’ decision to have a two-hour delay rather than cancel classes for a snow day Thursday drew concerns on social media about student safety from parents in Richland and West Richland.
Snow was in the overnight weather forecast for the Tri-Cities Wednesday into Thursday, but skies should clear for several days. Many roads remained closed and school openings delayed and activities canceled.
Some Tri-City schools delayed the start of classes Wednesday but Richland started on time and few schools in the Mid-Columbia canceled classes due to snow. More snow is forecast through Thursday morning.
Monday’s storm laid down a slippery layer of ice and snow that closed most Tri-Cities schools, some libraries and food banks and sent cars and trucks careening off highways and streets. More snow is predicted Wednesday and Thursday.