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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Abby and Ian don't have school again today

A persistent, blizzardlike storm dumped about a foot of snow on the North Olympic Peninsula on Monday, leaving numerous wrecks, road closures, cancellations and altered routines.

Law enforcement officials said none of the wrecks caused serious injuries as of Monday evening.

"It's all cars in the ditch, jackknifed semis, things like that," Clallam County Undersheriff Ron Peregrin said.

"I haven't heard anything major, other than just a lot of cars.

"We're advising people to stay home unless they have an absolute emergency. . . . People need to just hunker down and stay off the roads."

Blowing snow resulted in near whiteout conditions as cold arctic air from British Columbia slammed into the Olympic Mountains.

A winter weather advisory was in effect until 10 p.m. Monday

Total accumulation was expected to reach 18 inches in parts of the region.

Although the sun is expected to break through today, Carl Cerniglia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle, said cold temperatures and icy conditions will persist through Thanksgiving Day.

"The cold outflow is really kicking in," Cerniglia said.

Outflow from the Fraser River Valley bolstered accumulations on the North Olympic Peninsula, which Cerniglia described as "the top of the list" for snowfall in the state.

Exactly how much snow fell varied widely from one place to another.

The Weather Service reported accumulations as low as 4 to 5 inches in East Jefferson County and eastern Clallam County, and as much as 12 to 13 inches on the West End as of Monday afternoon.

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