Students in the Forest Grove District left school early on Friday and have yet to return to the classroom because of icy weather and dangerous driving conditions. There’s no school Thursday, district staff confirmed Wednesday evening.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency Tuesday over the winter storm, saying the move would allow the county to have “greater flexibility and support for the multi-agency response to the snow, wind and ice storms over the last several days and the coming freezing rain.”
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An already longer than anticipated long weekend just got even longer for Gales Creek students and everyone else in the Forest Grove School District. There will be no school Tuesday, the FGSD said.
Already gripped in frozen temperatures and an icy winter storm, Oregon could now be on for round two, the Portland office of the National Weather Service said in an Ice Storm Warning issued Monday morning.
Here’s what’s happening this weekend and beyond in Gales Creek, weather permitting.
Students in the Forest Grove School District will be released three hours early Friday, owing to forecasted snow, low temperatures, and wind expected Friday afternoon.
Close to 800 customers including the Forest Grove School District’s Oak Grove facility at the Gales Creek School are without power, but because the outage happened so close to the program’s release time, students were expected to end the school day at the regular time.
For the first time this year, the gates at Fern Hill Road are up, blocking access to a popular route for Gales Creek (and Forest Grove) commuters trying to get to the east side of the county.
Snow has heavily obscured portions of western Washington County, rapidly clogging area highways.