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County plows, sanders will be working on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The National Weather Service is forecasting rain, snow, freezes and thaws through Christmas night, adding to already hazardous conditions on county roads.

Two to three sanders and plows will be out early on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands, and Public Works Operations Manager Russ Harvey said that in places his crews are facing new challenges.

In areas of Lopez Village and Eastsound, crews are running out of room to push snow, so if there is much new accumulation they will have to choreograph some additional pushing and piling.

“I’m also starting to think about the clean-up,” Harvey said. “We already have close to 500 cubic yards of sand (roughly 750 tons) on the roads and we will have to clear that off when it thaws.”

In the meantime, on many county roads there are several layers of snow and ice on the pavement and drivers will need to continue to proceed slowly and carefully until there is a serious thaw.

Given the current forecast, Harvey expects county plows and sanders will be working on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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