Forecast calls for snow — don't get caught out in the cold

Snow is expected in the San Juans over the weekend, perhaps as early as Saturday morning.  - File photo
Snow is expected in the San Juans over the weekend, perhaps as early as Saturday morning.
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Winter Weather Reminders, courtesy of San Juan County/Town of Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management


When there’s ice or snow on the roadways:

  • Drivers should respect the hazardous conditions and slow down or better yet, stay off the road (which also makes it easier for road crews). Don’t be over confident with your 4WD- a surprising number of SUVs end up off of island roads each snowstorm. County and Town crews will sand and plow public roads, prioritizing their efforts based on the
  • snow routes, and will work tirelessly to try to keep roads passable for critical needs, but in nearly all storms or freezes, roads will still be treacherous- plan accordingly.
  • If you live on a private road, or have a business or facility that will need plowing, make those arrangements with a private contractor now and don’t wait until the onset of a snowstorm to try to find someone.
  • Be self sufficient. Have enough food and other supplies on hand so that you don’t need to run into town. Here’s a link to more info on how to prepare for winter weather.
  • Save 911 for true emergencies. Report power outages direct to Opalco at 376-3599. Emergency responders, as always, will make every effort to take care of business, no matter the weather. That said, islanders need to know that in heavy snow there might be places they can’t get to, or things they can’t do safely. Islanders need to use common sense and caution, and embrace an attitude of self sufficiency. Call 911 if you need help, but don’t forget to take care of yourself too.


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