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Late start Monday, snow routes for San Juan Island public schools

San Juan Island public schools will start 1.5 hours late and buses will use snow routes Monday.

Island roads were expected to be icy Monday, following overnight low temperatures of 13 to 21 and northeast winds of 25-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph.

Monday's weather wasn't expected to be much more comfortable. The National Weather Service as forecasting highs in the 20s to near 30, with northeast wind of 25 to 40 mph and gusts to 60 mph. Monday night, the mercury was expected to peak at 10 to 18 -- among the coldest temperatures since 1990, with northeast wind of 25 to 35 mph.

Snow could return Tuesday night, the National Weather Service reported.

For latest updated weather forecasts, CLICK HERE.

Travel recommendations
If you plan to be on the road -- on island or on the mainland -- during this storm, consider these recommendations from the Washington State Department of Transportation, or WSDOT:

-- On ice and snow, take it slow.
-- Give yourself extra time to reach your destination safely. It's not worth putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation just to save time.
-- Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots. These all have potential to develop black ice that makes driving hazardous.
-- Plan extra time to cross all mountain passes, including heavily-traveled routes such as I-90 Snoqualmie Pass, US 2 Stevens Pass, and US 12 White Pass.
-- Carry chains and know the traction and chain requirements. Mountain pass traction and chain requirements are available on highway advisory signs and highway advisory radio. When those advisories call for chains, drivers who don't chain up will face a $500 penalty.

WSDOT is now offering mountain pass reports via e-mail and text messages to cell phone and Twitter.

WSDOT offers subscribers more than 25 specialized e-mail alerts, including news and information for freight haulers, construction related traffic revisions, project updates from all around the state, and timely updates on pass conditions.

Users can also choose to receive e-mail alerts as text messages on their cell phone or other wireless device (Note: Most wireless carriers allow for text e-mail messages at some additional cost, so check your wireless carrier for pricing details).

Visit WSDOT at wsdot.wa.gov and click the link for “E-mail updates.” After entering your e-mail address, you’ll have access to a menu of options from which you can choose the news and information that you want to receive by e-mail or text message.

Twitter users can add WSDOT to their personal accounts at: wsdot.wa.gov/news/. Pass conditions are available by texting from any mobile device or via Twitter. Go to wsdot.wa.gov/inform/twitter for more details.

Real-time traffic information and weather is also available at wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or by dialing 5-1-1. Go to wsdot.wa.gov/news for pictures, videos, news and blogs.

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